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Lakeside Clinic Raises Awareness of 5 Most Common Mental Health Disorders During Mental Health Week

Oct 06, 2019

Lakeside Clinic at Warners Bay Private Hospital is encouraging Australians to make mental wellbeing their top priority during Mental Health Week (6 – 12 October), as its owner Ramsay Health Care marks 55 years of providing mental health care in Australia.

45% of Australians aged 16 to 85 will experience a common mental health disorder during their lifetime, which equates to more than 7 million people.

Australia’s largest provider of private acute mental health care, Ramsay Health Care (RHC), has compiled a list of its five most commonly treated mental health disorders, to help raise awareness of the conditions.

5 most common mental health disorders:
1. Mood disorders (45%) Mood disorders are disturbances of an individual’s emotional state that impacts their everyday activities. Mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder, characterised by the elevation or lowering of an individual’s mood state. Other symptoms may include low energy, a change in appetite, a sense of hopelessness and low self-esteem.
2. Addictions (25%) Addictions are the misuse of substances for non-medical purposes and/or compulsive engagement in certain behaviours. The individual is physically and emotionally dependent on these substances or behaviours which may include drugs, alcohol, gambling and/or gaming.
3. Anxiety disorders (15%) Anxiety disorders can affect the ability to concentrate, sleep and undertake normal activities. Symptoms may include intense fear and persistent and excessive worry that don’t subside. Anxiety is often accompanied by physiological symptoms such as muscular tension and heart palpitations.
4. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (10%) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a set of stress reactions in response to experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event such as an attack or assault, wartime conflict, natural disaster or serious accident. Symptoms may include re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance of any reminders, hyper-vigilance and feeling emotionally numb.
5. Psychotic disorders (5%) Psychosis is characterised by an impaired interpretation of reality. Symptoms and experiences are unique for each individual. However, the two key features that may be associated with a psychotic episode are hallucinations and delusions.

Lakeside Clinic treats over 1300 patients per year through its 78 bed mental health facility and has expertise in areas including:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Older Persons Mental Health
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Transcranial Stimulation Therapy (TMS)
  • Day Programs

Warners Bay Private Deputy CEO, Sharon Rewitt, said there is a growing trend to deliver mental health treatment through a mixed-model program, such as day programs and community-based services.

“We know that patients want more specialised treatment and a more holistic approach to their recovery, along with a care regime that draws on a multidisciplinary team,” Ms Rewitt said.

“Our patients are also increasingly looking for ways to receive treatment outside hospital to remove the need for them to stay overnight in a clinic. Ramsay is focusing on expanding in this area as informed by the evidence and best practices, in response to the needs of consumers and their carers.”

RHC has introduced a personalised inpatient therapy program called “My Recovery”, which has an emphasis on recovery planning, resilience building and connectedness. A new app called “MyStayWell”, which allows Ramsay mental health patients to access their personalised strategies after they leave the clinic, is now available on the App Store.

For more information and a list of useful mental health resources, please visit www.ramsayhealth.com.au/Find-a-Service/Mental-Health.

In the lead into mental health week Lakeside Clinic is also participating in the ‘Mental Health: the elephant in the room’ campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and encourage all Australians to speak openly about the issue. As part of the campaign we will have our very own elephant travelling through Warners Bay Private Hospital and its sister facility, Lake Macquarie Private Hospital. Our elephant will also visit some sites in the beautiful Lake Macquarie area.