Adult mental health programs

Mental health problems are common in every parts of the world. These conditions affect thinking, feeling, mood, and behaviour and negatively impacts day-to-day living, causing the person distress and difficulty in functioning. The burden of mental disorders continues to grow with significant impacts on health and major social, human rights and economic consequences in all countries of the world.

Some of the common mental health conditions include:

Schizophrenia:Schizophrenia is characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, decision making, sense of self and behaviour. Individuals with schizophrenia lose touch with reality.

Bipolar disorders: In Bipolar disorder, there is a dramatic shift in a person's mood, energy and ability to think clearly- from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. The mood swings in bipolar disorder is quite different from ordinary mood swing. The mood swings in bipolar disorder is usually intense, last for days, weeks, or months and could interfere with the ability to function in day to day life.

Depression: Depression is a mental health condition characterized by undue sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, negative thought, disturbed sleep, poor appetite, tiredness, hopelessness and poor concentration. It is a long-lasting and recurrent disorder; and one of the main causes of disability world –wide.

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety disorders are group of disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. These disorders include: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Personality disorder: Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differs significantly from what is expected. A personality disorder is characterized by a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, and this causes distress or problems associated with functioning, and lasts over time. Personality disorders include: antisocial personality disorders, avoidant personality disorders, dependent personality disorders, borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorders, histrionic personality disorders, schizoid personality disorders, schizotypal personality disorders, paranoid personality disorders, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. It is important to treat individuals with personality disorder because if left untreated, the disorder can be long-lasting.

There is evidence-based treatment for mental health conditions. Therefore, it is essential to start treatment early in order to ensure that clients play meaningful roles and have a good quality of life.

The adult mental health service at Azalea is a comprehensive mental service involving the use of evidenced-based intervention. We help people find solutions to their problems by exploring their thought patterns, behaviours, past experiences, and other internal/external influences. At Azalea, our multi-disciplinary team carry out assessment, evaluation and treatment of individuals with various mental health problems.