Psychiatry is the discipline that deals with the study, treatment and prevention of mental disorders.

Our focus areas within psychiatry are depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and eating disorders. This focused approach means that our research and development are specialised.

Depression is a common mental disorder characterised by low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.  These problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual's ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities.

Psychotic Disorders are characterised by the presence of hallucinations or delusions.  Schizophrenia is a chronic form of psychosis that develops in approximately 1% of the population.

Anxiety Disorders are a group of related conditions including Panic disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and several other conditions.  These disorders are characterised by feelings of tension associated with a sense of threat or danger (when the source of the danger is unknown).  In the majority of cases, anxiety disorders are complicated by associated psychiatric conditions such as, depression, substance related disorders and indeed other anxiety disorders.

Eating Disorders is a term used to describe the group of disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and obesity.

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