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Have a look at our A-Z of mental health information. If you have just been diagnosed with a condition, or know someone who has, then this is a good read to understand the different ways people may view mental health (for example, some people may find diagnoses helpful, whereas others may not)

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  • An addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to do, take or use something to the point that it may be harmful. Common addictions are to alcohol or drugs but it…
  • It can often be challenging to access services and communicate your needs, and mental health issues can make this even harder An advocate is someone who supports you to do…
  • A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Agoraphobia is often thought of as a fear of open spaces, but it’s much…
  • Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively – more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption (see below). This can lead to a number of harmful physical and psychological effects, such as…
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting almost 500,000 people in the UK. The term “dementia” describes a loss of mental ability associated with gradual death of…
  • Anxiety is often identified as an intense uneasiness, worry or fear. It’s completely normal to feel anxious about something like a medical appointment, a test or a job interview, and…
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more…
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It includes Asperger syndrome and childhood autism. In the UK, it’s estimated that about one…
  • Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects your moods which can swing from one extreme to another. It used to be called Manic Depression. If you have bipolar disorder you…
  • People who have a minority ethnic background often face additional barriers when they need to access mental health services and information. Alongside this, when they do access services, they can…
  • Personality disorders are conditions that can cause a range of distressing symptoms and patterns of behaviour. People given a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality…
  • It is very important that people with mental health difficulties are cared for. However, it can be very demanding and carers may need support themselves to keep well. A carer means…
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 10 young people live with mental health issues. Maintaining good mental health is as important for a child’s development as their physical health – enabling…
  • Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK. Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people…
  • Everyone experiences difficult periods in their lives where they feel unhappy, have a low mood, or feel sad about life. When these feelings continue for weeks or months this may…
  • A dissociative disorder is a mental health condition that alters a person’s sense of reality. Someone with a dissociative disorder may have memory loss or may feel: that their body…

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