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Mental health issues can have a profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We all have mental health, and what affects our daily lives varies between each of us. The important thing to remember is that support is available, and we’re not alone in our journey.

Here we explore some of the common types of mental health concerns, including general information, signs and symptoms, treatment options, self-care and how counselling can help.

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Abortion

There are many reasons why someone may want to end their pregnancy, and in Great Britain, the law allows women to do so at up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. This experience can be a... Read more

Abuse

Stay safe: Read our information on how to cover your tracks online and browse the Internet privately. There are many different types of abuse. While the more commonly known... Read more

Addiction(s)

Addiction refers to a difficulty in controlling certain repetitive behaviours to the extent that they have harmful consequences. They are the result of powerful compulsions to use... Read more

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (commonly known as ADHD) is a condition that makes people feel restless, impulsive and hyperactive. With symptoms typically showing up in... Read more

Adoption

Adoption has a huge impact on the lives of everyone involved. Whether you are an adoptee, part of an adoptive family, or the birth parent of a child who was adopted, the emotional... Read more

Anger management

Feeling angry is a natural response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion; occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated.... Read more

Anxiety

Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous.... Read more

Attachment disorder

From birth, we develop a close bond with our main caregivers (usually our parents). This attachment helps us to learn and develop in a trusting environment, even at such a young... Read more

Autism

There are an estimated 700,000 people in the UK on the autistic spectrum, which equates to one in 100 people. So, what exactly is autism? Autism is a developmental disability that... Read more

Bereavement

If you have experienced the death of someone who was important to you, you might be finding it difficult to adjust to the changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake... Read more

Body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their appearance. Considered an anxiety disorder, BDD makes individuals believe... Read more

Bullying

What is bullying? Bullying can be defined as repeated and unwanted behaviour with intent to hurt another person, physically or emotionally. It can take many forms, including... Read more

Cancer

Many of us are touched by cancer at some time in our lives, whether we have been diagnosed ourselves or know of someone who has been. Regardless of whether it’s yourself, a... Read more

Career counselling

For many, the main goal in life is to pursue a career that is meaningful and fulfilling. It can be highly rewarding to be in a role that you are passionate about and that reflects... Read more

Carer support

Currently, in the UK there are 6.5 million carers - which equates to one in eight people. These are people who care for someone who is disabled, ill, older or suffering from a... Read more

Child related issues

While many of us can seek support from friends and family, it’s not always possible. Even as adults, it can be scary to ask for help, especially for our own mental health.... Read more

Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you will experience extreme tiredness that does not go away, no matter how much you rest. Along with fatigue, you may be affected by... Read more

Dementia

Coming to terms with the diagnosis of dementia can be very difficult, not only for the person who has been diagnosed but also for family and friends. While dementia is not... Read more

Depression

While we all have times where we feel sad, depression affects your daily life, making it hard for you to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities. Some days you may find it... Read more

Disabilities

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes ‘disability’ as a term that refers to a huge spectrum of impairments, activity limitations and participation... Read more

Discrimination

Discrimination is the act of treating someone unfairly or differently because of who they are, due to certain beliefs or because they possess certain characteristics. There are... Read more

Dissociation

All of us have times when we feel 'disconnected'. It could be that we are having a conversation with someone but our mind is elsewhere, or we arrive at a destination with no... Read more

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that affect people emotionally, physically and socially. They centre on a person's relationship with food, eating and... Read more

Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder (GID) is when a person is born one gender, but is unhappy living that way. There are lots of children and young people who... Read more

Hearing voices

Hearing voices is not as rare as you might think. Many of us will have heard noises or voices that others haven’t heard at some point in our lives. It’s estimated that... Read more

HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It’s a virus that damages your immune system and makes it harder for you to fight off infection and disease. AIDS stands for... Read more

Infertility

From the moment we hit adolescence we begin to learn about reproduction, and not just the how, but also the why. We are taught about the worth and sense of fulfilment that can... Read more

Learning difficulties

A learning disability is described as: a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind significant impairment of intellectual functioning significant impairment of... Read more

Loneliness

Loneliness, a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack of companionship is something we all may experience at some point in our lives. For many, it’s a feeling that only lasts... Read more

Low self-confidence

Self-confidence is about trusting your own judgement and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers: it’s the means to realise your full potential and be the person... Read more

Low self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way we perceive and value. This can be influenced by lots of different things, from our childhoods to life events. When we have low self-esteem we can see both... Read more

Mental health

When we talk about mental health, there is often a misconception about what it is and who it affects. First and foremost, mental health is not the same as a mental health issue.... Read more

Miscarriage

Miscarriage or early pregnancy loss is more common than most people imagine, with as many as one in every four pregnancies ending this way. It is a significant and very painful... Read more

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) involves intrusive and obsessional thoughts, often followed by compulsive urges. These obsessions can be overwhelming, and the only way a... Read more

Paranoia

Paranoia is when we have thoughts or feelings that we are in danger or under threat, even though there is little to no evidence that this is the case. We can all experience these... Read more

Passive aggressive behaviour

Commonly described as non-verbal aggression, passive aggressive behaviour is when you are angry or upset with someone, but do not or cannot tell them. It is the inability to... Read more

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after being involved in (or witnessing) something traumatic. The condition was... Read more

Pregnancy and birth

Pregnancy and having a baby can be an exciting time. But, it can also be a time of immense pressure. There are so many changes happening to your body and the very nature of... Read more

Psychosis

Psychosis is when a person loses touch with reality, and the line between what is real and what is not becomes blurred. Psychosis often prevents a person from thinking clearly and... Read more

Redundancy

The dictionary defines redundancy as the state of being no longer needed or useful, and whether that description applies to machinery or human beings - the implications can be... Read more

Relationship problems

Relationships are a very meaningful part of our lives and can bring us a great deal of happiness and fulfilment. Strong connections with our loved ones, friends and work... Read more

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the sufferer’s ability to think clearly and decipher fantasy from reality. As a result of this, the individual can start to... Read more

Self-harm

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose, usually as a way of coping with difficult emotions. It often begins when a person feels overwhelmed with upsetting thoughts... Read more

Sex problems

Experiencing sexual problems at some point during your life can be perfectly normal. While everyone’s problems and sexual experiences can be different, it’s important... Read more

Sexuality

Our sexuality and gender can form a big part of our identity and those who don’t fit society’s heteronormative ideal can come up against more challenges. Those who... Read more

Spirituality

Spirituality involves experiences of a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, and a sense of belonging and a connection with the universe. Spirituality can help to achieve inner... Read more

Stress

Almost everyone experiences stress from time to time, and while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and... Read more

Suicidal thoughts

If you need immediate help and are worried you can’t keep yourself safe, please: Go to your nearest A&E department Call 999 if you can’t get to a hospital Ask... Read more

Tourette's syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition that involves repetitive involuntary movements and vocalisations, known as tics. These tics are deemed simple or complex... Read more

Trauma

Having a traumatic experience or witnessing extraordinarily stressful events can have a profound impact on our psychological and emotional well-being. If you’ve ever felt... Read more

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania, also known as trich or hair-pulling disorder, is when someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their own hair. They may pull out hair from their head or... Read more

Work-related stress

We will all experience stress at some point in our lives, for a number of different reasons. In small doses, stress can be a motivator - but it can also be unpleasant. When stress... Read more