Covering a range of addictive problems, addiction sessions provide treatment and rehabilitation for substance and behavioural dependences such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex and other destructive patterns.
Bipolar disorder used to be called ‘manic depression’. As the old name suggests, someone with bipolar disorder will have severe mood swings, which can range from depression to mania. These episodes can last several weeks or months and are far beyond what most of us experience and include feelings of intense depression and despair, high or 'manic' feelings of extreme happiness and elation or a mixtures of depressed mood with the restlessness and overactivity of a mania. Treatment with medication by a psychiatrist is almost always necessary. Most people with bipolar disorder can be treated using a combination of different treatments, such as medication, talking therapy, lifestyle changes and exercise. Drugs that are often referred to as mood stabilisers, i.e. stabilising mood swings from severe depression to hyperactive mania are usually prescribed by the treating psychiatrist. Most guidelines suggest depression in bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilisers, such as lithium, alone. However, antidepressants are commonly used alongside a mood stabiliser or antipsychotic. Once the correct treatment has been established, people suffering from bipolar can go on to live as normal a life as possible.
Eating disorders occur when someone has an abnormal attitude towards food, generally marked by an excessive intake or consuming an extremely low amount of food. Treatment methods revolve around intervention and therapy, easing the patient into a healthy pattern of behaviour with regards to food.
Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues, from those that are part of serious, long-term conditions to worries we all experience during day to day life. Most symptoms affect the way a person thinks or feels, treatment can vary greatly including courses of drugs and therapy and the course decided on depends heavily on the individual needs
Psychological assessment uses a variety of techniques to arrive at a conclusion about the psychological health of the patient, so that help can be provided as necessary. Major components of assessments are, standardised tests, interviews, personal observation and informal assessment.