My approach is initial comprehensive assessment and screening followed by short term and long term compassionate care with psychological support and appropriate medication.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD ) is my special area of interest and expertise. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder leading to problems with executive functioning skills such as planning , organising , time management , impulse control, motivation and memory. It is a lifelong condition ,but respond well to medication and/or psychological therapy . The treatment can be life changing for individuals and their families.
Depression – Depression affects about 15-20% of general population. severe and untreated depression can lead to suicide and therefore all depression shouldbe taken seriously. Depression is usually very treatable.
Bipolar Affective Disorder – Bipolar Disorder is characterised by periods of depression interspersed with bouts of mania or hypomania i.e. elevated or agitated highs. In severe states, hospitalisation may be required. Effective treatment with medication and psychotherapy helps people to lead stable and productive lives.
Anxiety Disorders – All of us can get anxious. But 15-20% of people will suffer disabling and persistent anxiety . There are many types of anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive dosorder, social anxiety disorder panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and various phobias. Effective treatment can reduce or resolve symptoms.
Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders – Symptoms of psychosis include confused thinking , delusions i.e. false beliefs that are not shared by others , hallucinations i.e. hearing ,seeing ,smelling or tasting something that is not there and changed behaviours such as social isolation, problems with motivation and laughing at inappropriate times. Treatment with medication and psychosocial support can relieve or even eliminate the symptoms of psychosis.