What is Severe Brain Injury and it's causes?
The effects of a brain injury can be complicated and varied, often presenting themselves after the original impact occurred. Even minor injuries to the brain can trigger a range of debilitating after effects, including mental health conditions such as depression, psychosis including changes in day to day capabilities and behaviour.read more on this illness
What is psychosis and the symptoms?
Psychosis can affect many people suffering from mental health conditions and manifests in symptoms such as ‘losing touch’ of reality and interpreting everyday occurrences in a different way to those around you. Patients may experience psychotic episodes at stages throughout their life, or even day to day and these can be extremely frightening to experience and disconcerting to those close to them.read more on this illness
What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness caused by exposure to highly distressing events. Flashbacks of such events and symptoms including hypersensitivity to noise are commonly suffered with PTSD, and many people who have served in the armed forces struggle from what was once named ‘shell-shock’, although anyone can be affected by the disorder.
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What is a phobia?
Phobias are a type of extreme fear and an anxiety disorder which affects around 8% of the UK population at some point of their lives. Many people have heard of phobias such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) but there are countless other triggers where the person feels at risk even when they know rationally they are not.read more on this illness
What is a personality disorder?
Personality disorders are extremely complex mental health illnesses which can lead to difficulties in how a person thinks and feels about themselves and others. read more on this illness
What is Paranoid Schizophrenia?
Paranoid schizophrenia is a condition within the spectrum of schizophrenia that manifests itself in delusions and hallucinations, often causing the person suffering to believe they are being ‘plotted against’ by those around them. These debilitating and fear-inducing symptoms confuse what reality is and what isn’t, making it difficult for the person affected to live a normal and fulfilling life.read more on this illness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD
OCD is a common mental health disorder that can affect all types of people - young, old, male or female. It manifests itself in obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, which over time can engulf the person suffering and stop them living a normal and happy life. OCD can be treated but it is unlikely that symptoms will reduce without professional help.read more on this illness
What is Adult ADHD?
Not just a condition that affects young children, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can also be experienced in later life. All those who experience ADHD in adulthood will have had it from childhood, but the disorder may have gone undiagnosed or passed off as being a ‘difficult’ or hyperactive child.read more on this illness
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are one of the more commonly known mental health disorders. The media tend to portray a one-sided view of the diseases, focusing on young girls when in fact it can affect both men and women of any age. Often a way of keeping a level of control in a person’s life, eating disorders can be triggered by stress, media pressure to look a certain way and many other factors.read more on this illness
What is Depression?
Depression is a common medical illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. Those suffering from depression often have feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities or pleasure, low self-esteem and feelings of guilt. It can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems and decreases a person’s concentration and ability to function at work and at home.read more on this illness
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the term for a series of symptoms that affect the brain’s cognitive function; from loss of memory and language skills to thoughts and problem solving.read more on this illness
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain (also known as persistent pain) is a debilitating condition that refers to those experiencing acute pain for over 12 weeks. In the past, the common treatment for chronic pain would have been extended periods of bed rest, but this has now been proven to be actually detrimental to recovery with gentle exercise and continuing to work being recommended alongside a more extensive treatment plan.read more on this illness
What is Burnout?
Burnout is a condition caused by chronic stress and occurs when a person is overcome by emotional strain, demands on time, overwhelming work commitments or difficult periods in their personal life. Symptoms can be similar to depression and both can be experienced together, triggered by the initial burnout experience. read more on this illness
What is Bipolar?
Bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness which can cause a person to experience extremely low periods of depression followed by feelings of soaring elation. This elevated mood is often known as mania or hypomania depending on it’s severity. The condition used to be known as manic depression but was renamed as bipolar disorder, a relatively common condition that is estimated to affect around one in every hundred adults within their lifetime.read more on this illness
What is autism and the symptoms?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that can affect anyone. Neither a illness or disease, it is now more commonly referred to as autism spectrum disorder. A complex disorder, symptoms can be challenging for both the person with autism and their loved ones but, with the correct specialist interventions, speech and communication can be improved.read more on this illness
What is Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a feeling that will affect everyone at some point in their life, especially around times of high stress or worry. Most of the time these feelings will fade as soon as the stressful situation has passed but for others, feelings can continue throughout day to day life, resulting in an anxiety disorder. The phrase ‘fight or flight’ is often referred to when talking about anxiety, and relates to the body’s physical reaction when under threat. Increased heart rate, shaking and dry mouth can all result from the disorder, but the levels may range between mild and severe.read more on this illness