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Black Dog Institute

Founded in 2002 and affiliated with the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital, Black Dog Institute operates in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

It combines expertise in clinical management with cutting edge research to develop new, and more effective, strategies for people living with mood disorders.

The Black Dog Institute's activity spans the health spectrum from lab bench, to patients, to public health. They place emphasis on the translation of research discoveries into accessible evidence-based clinical practices that focus on prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.

The Black Dog Institute promotes better mental health through their clinically-endorsed school, workplace and community programs. They are also involved in training the next generation of health care providers through GP, psychologist and psychiatrist programs.

The Black Dog Institute's ultimate vision is of a world where people understand that mood disorders like depression can be prevented and managed and there is hope. By achieving this vision, they will reduce the impact of mental illness and bring the Black Dog to heel.

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Last reviewed: March 2017

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Bipolar disorder treatments during pregnancy and the postnatal period

Bipolar disorder is an illness which can require long-term treatment and skilled medical management. It is a biological condition with a strong genetic component, so effective management of bipolar disorder primarily involves the use of medications.

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Depression during pregnancy and the postnatal period

Perinatal depression refers to depression that occurs during pregnancy or the postnatal period and affects 15–20 per cent of women in Australia.

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Causes of bipolar disorder

While the exact causes of bipolar disorder are not yet fully understood, we do know that it is primarily a biological illness. However, its onset is often linked to stressful life events.

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Staying on course with bipolar disorder treatments

The management of bipolar disorder is not always a straightforward task. Often people do not take their medication as prescribed – they may either take a lower dose than prescribed or cease one or all medications entirely.

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Treatments for bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a biological condition with a strong genetic component which requires long-term management.

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Depression in adolescents & young people

One in four young people are living with a mental disorder and 9% of young people (16-24 years old) experience high to very high levels of psychological distress (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2007).

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is used to treat depression and can be offered when patients have not responded to antidepressant medication, prefer to try an alternative to medication, or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side effects

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Exercise & depression

Research suggests that regular exercise may increase the level of brain serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood, sleep, libido, appetite and other functions .

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When to seek help

Whether you're experiencing or supporting someone with symptoms of any mental illness, knowing where and when to seek help is a key step in taking control.

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Treatments for depression

A large number of different treatments are available for depression and new treatments (particularly medications) regularly appear.

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