Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which can be mild or severe. We all have feelings of anxiety at some point in our life which may be brought about by having to sit an exam, have a doctors appointment or a job interview.

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Stress

Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of threat. Some common things that can make us feel stress include experiencing something new or unexpected, something that threatens your feeling of self, or feeling you have little control over a situation.

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Depression

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. It is a common mental health disorder experienced through feelings of guilt, low self-worth, poor sleeping, low energy and poor concentration.

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Addiction

Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it causes. Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including work, solvents and shopping.

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Anger

Anger is one of the most basic human emotions. It involves a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. It often occurs when a person feels their personal boundaries are being or are going to be violated and the response can range from irritation to blinding rage.

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Abuse and Neglect

We all have the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Abuse is any action by a person that cause another person significant harm. This abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. It frequently happens over a period of time as opposed to a one off event.

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Autism and Aspergers

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it is caused by abnormalities in the way the brain develops and works. Typical to strong verbal language skills and intellectual ability distinguish Asperger syndrome from other forms of autism.

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Bereavement and Grief

Bereavement is the state of loss when someone close to you dies. Feelings of bereavement also accompanies other losses, such as the decline of your health or the end of an important relationship. Grief is a normal, healthy response to loss. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

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Bipolar and Hypomania

Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression and is a mental disorder which causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania the latter of which is less extreme.

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Body Dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where you spend a lot of time worrying about flaws in your appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. If you find yourself obsessing over your appearance, and flaws that need to be sorted out, you might be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder

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Bullying

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior using force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, physically or verbally attacking someone, and purposefully excluding someone from a group.

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Disability and Illness

Having a disability or long-term illness (like asthma or diabetes) can cause significant challenges to your everyday life. Whether it is something you were born with or something that happened later in life counselling can frequently help.

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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food. This can take over your life and make you ill. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. Common examples are anorexia nervosa, bulima and binge eating disorder.

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Gender Identity

Gender identity is the way you describe how you feel about your gender. You might identify your gender as a boy or a girl or something different. You are assigned a gender identity at birth based on your sex and you can correlate with that assigned sex, or can differ from it.

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Loneliness

Loneliness is a complex and typically unpleasant emotional response to isolation. It is unique to each individual. Loneliness, according to some experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.

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Low Self Esteem

Our self-esteem is how we think and feel about ourselves. This in part is about the worth we place on our strengths, weaknesses and capabilities. If you have low self-esteem you may feel that you hate or dislike yourself, are worthless or not good enough and unable to make decisions or assert yourself.

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Nervous Breakdown

A nervous or mental breakdown describes a period of intense mental distress. Anything that causes more emotional and physical stress than the body can handle can lead to a nervous breakdown or trigger an underlying medical condition. If this is happens you become unable to function in your everyday life.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It is a serious anxiety related condition that affects around three quarters of a million people here in the UK.

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Personality Disorders

A person with a borderline personality disorder (BPD) thinks, feels, behaves or relates to others very differently from the average person. It is a mental illness that makes it hard for a person to feel comfortable in themselves. People with BPD have high levels of distress and anger and can easily take offence at what other people say or do.

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Phobias

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object, such as a snake, or situation such as going outside although there is no danger. We all have fears about objects and situations, which is perfectly normal. A fear becomes a phobia if it becomes out of proportion to the danger and lasts for more than six months.

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Pre and Post Natal Depression

Prenatal depression is a form of clinical depression that can affect a woman during pregnancy, and potentially a precursor to post natal depression. Postnatal depression, is a type of mood disorder that can follow childbirth, and affects both men and women

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Psychosexual Issues

Psychosexual dysfunction is the inability to become sexually aroused or achieve sexual satisfaction in the appropriate situations because of mental or emotional reasons. It can have a major effect on your relationships and self-esteem and varies for every individual and differs with gender.

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Relationship Difficulties

Relationship problems are surprisingly common and can cause huge distress. Unresolved these issues can lead to mental health problems. Some crave companionship but find it very difficult to come by. Relationship therapy is one place that you can go, alone or in a couple to explore these issues.

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Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal behavior and a decreased ability to understand reality. Doctors often describe schizophrenia as a type of psychosis. This means the person may not always be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality.

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Self-Harm

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is often seen as a way of coping with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. Once you are dependent on self-harm it can take a long time to stop whilst the cause of your distress is unlikely to have gone away.

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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the harmful or hazardous use of substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. This can lead to a dependence syndrome that develops after repeated substance use. This typically includes a strong desire to take the drug despite its harmful consequences.

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Trauma & PTSD

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event that often involves a threat to life or safety. These can shatter your sense of security resulting in stress that exceeds your ability to cope.

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