Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression

At The Butterfly Clinic, our dedicated healthcare team understands the importance of holistic approaches to well-being, and recognises that mental health concerns have significant impacts. We believe that caring for women’s health goes beyond physical aspects and also encompasses emotional and psychological wellness. Our clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services for women with anxiety and depression, in a safe and nurturing environment.



Anxiety is a common human emotion characterised by feelings of fear, worry, and unease. It is a normal response to stress or potentially harmful situations, and it can motivate us to take action or avoid potential dangers. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, uncontrollable, and interferes with daily life, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. In Australia, approximately 1 in 3 women will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

There are numerous types of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder.
  • Panic disorder.
  • Social anxiety disorder.
  • Specific phobias.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

While symptoms can vary among individuals and types of anxiety disorders, common symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry and fear.
  • Racing thoughts and difficulty concentrating.
  • Overthinking and negative thinking patterns.
  • Restlessness, irritability, nervousness.
  • Lack of control over thoughts and emotions.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Shortness of breath, chest tightness, and dizziness.
  • Sweating and trembling.
  • Muscle tension and gastrointestinal distress.

Depending on the type of anxiety you are experiencing, as well as its symptoms and severity and your personal goals, treatment options may include cognitive-behavioural therapy, medication, relaxation techniques, lifestyle modifications, and professional support networks.


Depression is a common mental health condition experienced by 1 in 6 Australian women, characterised by persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities. It can significantly impact a person's daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being.

Depression spans many forms, including:

  • Major depressive disorder.
  • Persistent depressive disorder.
  • Postpartum depression.
  • Seasonal affective disorder.
  • Bipolar disorder.

Depending on the patient and type of depression experienced, symptoms may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
  • Changes in appetite and weight.
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia or excessive sleep).
  • Fatigue or loss of energy.
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering details.
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or self-blame.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Body aches.


Various treatment options are available for patients with depression. Depending on numerous factors – including depression type, severity, symptoms, and patient health and goals – treatment options may include psychotherapy, antidepressant medications, lifestyle modifications, medical interventions, and professional support networks.

The Butterfly Clinic

Your Initial Consultation

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please contact The Butterfly Clinic to book an initial consultation with an experienced doctor. Asking for support is a brave and empowering first step towards prioritising your well-being and receiving the help you deserve. Everyone responds to events, circumstances, and periods of life differently, and your experience is valid is worthy of support.

At your initial consultation, your doctor will assess your mental health needs and discuss symptoms and challenges, practising active listening to deeply understand your experience. Then, goals will be developed collaboratively, and your doctor will provide strategies for treatment.

Depending on your specific case, treatment may initially involve self-directed strategies, or a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. For women experiencing mental health challenges related to pregnancy or post-partum life, there are mental health professionals that specialise in this area, and your doctor can provide a referral.

For individuals who are experiencing significant mental health issues that may benefit from ongoing support and intervention, a Mental Health Treatment Plan may be implemented.  

Mental Health

Treatment Plan

In Australia, the General Practitioner (GP) Mental Health Treatment Plan is an important tool for individuals seeking mental health support. It is a structured approach that enables GPs to collaborate with their patients in developing a comprehensive plan to manage and address mental health concerns.

The plan may include a combination of interventions, such as counselling, therapy, medication, and referrals to other healthcare professionals or support services. The Mental Health Treatment Plan outlines ongoing care and access to Medicare rebates for eligible services, making mental health support more accessible and affordable for individuals in need.

Medicare rebates are available for 10 appointments addressing mental health concerns per year.

The Mental Health Treatment Plan is available for most individuals with a diagnosed mental health disorder, including anxiety and depression. Patients under this plan are able to visit various healthcare professionals for mental health support, including the following:

  • General practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Mental health nurses
  • Occupational therapists

Embrace Your Journey

Empower yourself on your unique women's health journey, and let our compassionate specialists be your trusted allies in supporting your wellbeing. Schedule an appointment today.