MULLUMBIMBY Integrative Medical Centre practice principal Dr Oscar Serrallach is taking a two-month sabbatical to write a book about women's health.
Co-authored by Lisa Fitzpatrick, of Sacred Women's Business, the book will address the topic of post-natal depletion - a term Dr Serrallach coined after seeing patients presenting with a pattern of symptoms over the past decade.
"It is broader than the commonly recognised condition post-natal depression because the term depletion can be used to describe the much broader physical condition, in which depression can occur," he said.
Dr Serrallach said a significant number of his patients were women in their mid 30s-40s who were experiencing post-natal symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, loss of energy, and elevated levels of anxiety and depression.
"There seems to be a pattern that comes from having babies later in life, combined with the demands of pregnancy, breastfeeding and sleep-deprivation that lead to an overwhelming state of depletion and subsequent raised levels of psychological dysfunction," he said.
Meanwhile, the medical centre will move to temporary premises in the Dalley St arcade, before re-opening early in 2015 in a new location. Call 6684 3531.
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