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Depression

 

Have you been feeling sad or down for a long time? It could be a sign of depression.

Sometimes we may feel down, moody or sad, but when these feelings last longer such as weeks, months or years, it could be depression.

Depression affects both people’s mental health and physical health. Symptoms may include:

  • Low mood and unhappy thoughts
  • Loss of enjoyment and lack of interest in usual pleasurable activities
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Feeling unhappy and irritable
  • Relying on alcohol or drugs 

Physical conditions may arise from depression, such as lack of sleep, headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, considerable weight loss or weight gain and feeling tired.

Psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services provide early intervention and evidence based therapy to clients who are experiencing depression. Effective therapy by a trained psychologist allows clients to develop coping and self-managing skills.

GP’s can refer clients suffering from depression, under the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan as this allows Medicare rebates which subsidize the cost of appointments. Alternatively some Private health funds may provide rebates. 

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, phone our practice today on 8295 4150.

 

Beyond Blue has information available to the public. 

 

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Phobias and Fears

 

People can suffer many different types of phobias and fears.

 

A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.

Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a speech or take a test, a phobia is long lasting, causes intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or in social settings.

Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large open spaces, some are unable to tolerate certain social situations and others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of snakes, needles, elevators or flying.

Not all phobias need treatment. But if a phobia affects your daily life, several therapies are available that can help you overcome your fear.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of specific phobias?

A person may have a specific phobia if they:

  • Have a persistent, unreasonable and excessive fear of a specific object, activity or situation, e.g. heights, the sight of blood or encountering a snake.
  • Avoids situations in which they may have to face the phobic situation, e.g. not walking in a park where there may be snakes. If the situation is unavoidable, it is endured with distress.
  • Feels that the anxiety and or avoidance associated with such situations makes it difficult to go about daily life (e.g. interferes with working, studying or seeing friends and family).

Our psychologists provide effective therapy to address phobias and fears and the benefits of therapy and addressing your fear can lead to permanent positive changes. 

Effective therapy helps a person both to manage their own body reaction of panic and to find useful ways to deal with the stressor.

Speak to your GP about getting a GP referral, or call our receptionist on 8295 4150 for more information or to book an appointment.

 

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National Pain Week 20th – 26th July 2015. 

 

National Pain Week is from 20th – 26th July 2015 and aims at getting people to talk about living with pain. 

At Adelaide Psychological Services, we see clients who suffer from chronic pain and many other issues.  

Our psychologists provide evidence based approaches to sufferers of chronic pain. It is beneficial for people with pain to understand the causes and processes associated with chronic pain and our psychologists will provide therapy and explain these processes. 

 

View our Pain Brochure

 

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GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Rebates are available from Medicare and some private health funds. Talk to your GP about getting a referral to one of our psychologists, or ring our office today on 8295 4150. 

 

Currently it is National Pain Week. Visit their website for more information.

The Australian Pain Management Association, also have some resources available on their website. 

 

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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, uncomfortable or totally incapacitating.

Pain is chronic if it continues for one month following an injury, is not reduced by physical therapy, and produces a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services have psychologists available who are skilled and focus on chronic pain and therapy.

 

Benefits of skilled psychological therapy include:

  • Help people to cope with chronic pain while medical treatment occurs
  • Minimise impacts of negative emotions
  • Help people to focus on what they can do rather than on impairments and distress
  • Help to communicate their pain objectively to others
  • Effectively self-manage symptoms of pain
  • Focus on enjoyable activities not only on loss

 

Psychological therapy for chronic pain addresses eight topics:

  • Education about pain
  • Effect of emotions on pain
  • Beliefs about pain
  • Pain and exercise
  • Self-management of pain
  • Family support
  • Medications and substances
  • Return to work issues

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Our psychologists provide intervention plans, based on an individual assessment. Evidence-based therapy practices are used and our psychologists collaborate with other health professionals.

GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, this allows Medicare rebates or alternatively some private health funds provide rebates.

We also accept referrals for WorkCover / ReturnToWork SA, Motor Vehicle Accidents (Allianz) and other 3rd parties.

For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.

The Australian Pain Management Association  and  National Pain Week have some resources available on their websites. 

 

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Depression and anxiety

 

Is depression and anxiety preventing you from enjoying your usual things in life?

 

Our psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services have many years experience and skills in treating anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

Anxiety symptoms may include:

 

  • Feelings of panic and fear
  • Felt irritable
  • Obsessive thinking and worrying
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Problems sleeping
  • Being unable to enjoy activities.

 

If you feel that you have anxiety or depression, make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP can refer you under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, to see a psychologist for treatment and management of anxiety and depression.

 

For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.

 

Beyond blue have brochures and factsheets about depression and anxiety. Visit beyond blue website.

 

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Family separation

 

 

Family separation can affect many family members, not just parents or children.

 

We have psychologists who are skilled in providing therapy for:

 

  • Separated families
  • Stress from proceeding with divorce or separation
  • Children and separation
  • Custody / access issues
  • Parenting
  • Relationship counselling
  • Child and adolescent behavioural issues
  • Split families

Some psychologists are able to provide legal reports to the Family Court.

 

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If you or a loved one is struggling with a family separation or divorce, call today to speak to our receptionist or to make an appointment on 8295 4150. 

 

Relationships Australia has useful information available on their website: Relationships Australia.

 

 

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Vocational Assessments

 

Are you confused about which career path you should take or have recently left school?

 

If you or someone you know needs direction in sourcing a new career and needs career advice, we can assist you.

 

At Adelaide Psychological Services, our psychologist offer Vocational Assessments to assist with finding you your next job.

 

Our Psychologists will work with you to:

  • Explore your transferrable skills
  • Discuss labour market and research job opportunities
  • Develop a resume
  • Learn basic interview techniques

 

Our vocational psychologist uses standard tests to identify skills and interests of each person.

 

If you are wanting more information, call our receptionist today on 8295 4150.

 

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Postnatal Depression

 

Are you a new Mother struggling with Postnatal Depression (PND)?  Are you struggling to navigate through the wave of emotions that are unique to new Mums?

 

Adelaide Psychological Services offers new (and existing) Mums a range of therapies to deal with:

  • Coping with mood changes
  • Dealing with negative thinking
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Trauma after childbirth
  • Unexpected complications in childbirth
  • Grief after pregnancy loss
  • Relationship changes
  • Coping with change including maternity leave
  • Social isolation
  • Adjusting to parenthood

 

New mothers may also experience stress and tension within their relationships and men can suffer from Postnatal Depression too. 

Call us today to make an appointment with Gemma, or to speak with our receptionist for more information.

Our Women’s Health & Pregnancy brochure has more information. 

PANDA Post and Antenatal Depression Association, has some helpful factsheets on Post Natal and Antenatal Depression. 

 

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Marriage counselling and couples therapy

Marriage counselling and couples therapy

Marriage counselling and couples therapy is ideal for couples who quarrel, disagree constantly, have conflicting views, have been dishonest, as well as for couples who want to rekindle and revitalize their relationship. 
Every relationship requires work and commitment, but in todays busy society, it’s common to neglect this commitment and this is when issues can start appearing.
 
If one member of a couple shows signs of anxiety or depression then the couple may be eligible for subsidised therapy under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, based on a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder.
 
Appointments with our skilled and trained relationship psychologists allows couples to open up and discuss a wide range of topics, issues and concerns in front of a trained relationship psychological therapist.
 
Call our receptionist today on 8295 4150 to find out which psychologist would be suitable.
  
Some relationship information can be found on the Relationships Australia website. 

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Christmas Closure

Christmas has crept up on us and now it’s near.

Adelaide Psychological Services will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen Monday 5th January.

During this time, if clients would like to make an appointment, please call in the new year and our receptionist will book a time.

If you need urgent assistance please contact ACIS, Adult Crisis Intervention Services on 13 14 65.

The team at Adelaide Psychological Services would like to wish all GP’s, clients and other professionals a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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