PSYCHIATRIC
DISORDERS

At Highlands Recovery, we assist with co-occuring psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorder, depressive disorder or bipolar disorder.

These conditions are very common. Yet, mental illness is often not spoken about.

Anxiety disorders include a group of conditions characterised by anxiety, such as generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or panic disorder. Many people use the term ‘anxiety’ interchangeably with nervousness. However, anxiety disorders distinguish greatly from feeling nervous as they are serious conditions that greatly impair the daily life of those who suffer from them.

Dependant on the exact type of anxiety disorder, rehabilitation programs may include cognitive behavioural therapy, medical treatment or trauma counselling.

According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the second most common cause of disease by 2020 worldwide.
Anyone, who has suffered from depression before knows, that depression is different to just simply “feeling sad”. Most common symptoms of depression are feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure, irritability, tearfulness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns.

 

Bipolar disorder is often confused with depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterised by a combination of depressive phases and manic phases. While the depressive phases include symptoms that are very similar to those of depressive disorder, manic phases often come with high energy levels and little need for sleep.