Psychological disorders information

In Australia approximately 45% of the population will experience a psychological disorder at some point in their lifetime (Black Dog Institute 2014). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM V) lists approximately 300 psychological disorders. To help make sense of this information I have summarised the categories of disorders for which I can provide assistance with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders. Each summary includes a brief explanation and links to other material that is easy to read and understand if you want additional information.


Mood Disorders

Mood (or affective) disorders refers to disorders where mood is the underlying feature. It is estimated (Black Dog Institute 2014) that approximately 1 in 15 people (7%) have experienced a mood disorder in the previous twelve months and that 1 in 7 (14%) will experience depression in their lifetime. The main mood disorders include

  1. depressive disorders including

    1. Major Depressive Disorder,

    2. Post Natal Depression,

    3. Seasonal Affective Disorder

    4. Dysthymia

  2. Dysthymia

  3. various types of Bipolar Disorder

  4. other mood disorders induced by substance abuse or a medical condition.


Anxiety Disorders

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 people (12%) have experienced an anxiety disorder in the previous twelve months and that 1 in 5 (20%) will experience anxiety in their lifetime. The main anxiety disorders include:

  1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  2. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

  3. Phobias

  4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  5. Panic Disorder (sometimes with Agoraphobia)

  6. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  7. Complex trauma (not recognised in DSM V)


Developmental disorders

Behavioural and emotional disorders originating in childhood. Please consult a specialist child psychologist.

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