Mental health

Feeling stressed?
Have you noticed lately that you are having:
  • Helpless or hopeless feelings?
  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, or crying?
  • Trouble concentrating?
  • Trouble at work?
  • Less interest in family, friends, or activities?
  • Difficulty with angry outbursts and feelings?
  • Worry, fear and anxiety?
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits (eating less or more, sleeping less or more)?
  • Weight gain or loss?
  • Difficulty being on time, or just not showing up to things at all?
  • Difficulty doing things that you would normally do easily?
If you have noticed a few, or several, of these things, you may be under a lot of stress. 
We can feel stress as a result of trials in our lives such as:
  • Relationship or family problems
  • Problems with our children or parenting
  • Work problems/ unemployment
  • Physical health /medical problems
  • Financial difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Caring for a family member who is sick or unwell
…many things!
All of us experience stress in our lives. If these signs of stress do not go away after a week it is important to do something about it. It is important to know that emotional difficulties and substance abuse, if left untreated, can destroy relationships, hope and peace of mind. Eventually, they can damage physical health and even the human spirit.  The first thing to do is to see your doctor and the team at your local East Tamaki Healthcare clinic. 
What can my doctor’s clinic do to help me? When you are feeling stressed, it is important to go to your doctor’s clinic first. The team at the clinic are trained to recognise signs of stress and will ask you questions about your stress symptoms to see how much they are affecting you. They will then give you advice and support about how to manage your stress symptoms. Your doctor or nurse may recommend that you make changes in your life so that you get more balance, rest, exercise or relaxation. For some people, your doctor may prescribe medication to help relieve some of the symptoms. If you are struggling with social or financial issues, they may refer you for support from a community support worker. 

If your doctor thinks you would benefit, they may send you  for expert help. East Tamaki Healthcare has experienced professionals who are available to listen to your situation, worries and concerns and to help you problem-solve your stresses. East Tamaki Healthcare also provides several programmes for helping people deal with overwhelming stress or serious medical problems that may affect emotional health.  

At East Tamaki Healthcare, we have a team of experts who can help you manage stress, emotional difficulties and mood challenges. Our team includes a specialist nurse, a psychiatrist, and several psychologists. You may want to know more about our team before you meet them. 

 What is a specialist nurse and how can they help me?

  • The specialist nurse is an experienced nurse who has done special training in mental health needs and treatments.
  • The specialist nurse may offer you support between or before appointments with the doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • They may call you on the phone to see how you are doing, and ask about your medication.
  • Sometimes the specialist nurse may meet with you at your doctor’s clinic.
  • The specialist nurse can answer your questions about any of the mental health team.
  • They may also give you advice to help you manage your stress, or problems with medications.
What is a psychiatrist and why would I see one?
  • A psychiatrist is a specialist doctor who is an expert on mental health and mental health medications.
  • A psychiatrist may prescribe medication for you.
  • Your doctor may feel that you need expert advice on your medication and refer you to a psychiatrist.
  • Your doctor may want to get an expert opinion from the psychiatrist so they can help you better.
What is a psychologist?
  • A psychologist is a trained and registered health professional who specialises in helping people to manage their mood.
  • Psychologists work with people who are struggling with stress, worries or anxiety, depression, grief, pain, family worries, work issues, relationship problems, parenting/children problems and medical problems.
  • A psychologist has time to talk to you about your worries.
  • A psychologist will listen to you carefully and make a plan with you to support you.
  • Psychologists do not prescribe medication.

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