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Mental health conditions

The most recent data reported in the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing showed that one in five Australians aged 16 to 85-years experienced a mental health disorder in the past 12-months, and almost half of the Australian population (45.5%) experienced a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime.1 

Everyone experiences mental health issues in a different way, so treatment, help, and support will also vary from person to person. What works for one person may not for another. Therefore if a certain type of treatment doesn’t work out, it may not be right for you. Although it may take some time to find the right treatment it is important to persist in finding what works best to allow you get back your mental health and wellbeing and doing the things you enjoy.

For some people the symptoms of a mental health issue are temporary and present in response to a particular life event, such as the death, a relationship breakup or as a result of losing their job. For others, with a diagnosed mental health condition, they may have episodes where their symptoms appear for a given period of time, go away and reappear at another point in time.  A smaller number of people experience enduring and ongoing mental health issues that affect their everyday lives.

There are a number of diagnosed mental health conditions and the following section outlines the most common diagnosed mental health conditions experienced by the Western Australian community. These conditions are formally outlined on the The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists website, Your Health in Mind and the Australian Psychological Society website.