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Agoraphobia is an anxiety related disorder that revolves around a disproportionate fear of situations in which a person may struggle to escape. Whilst it is often referred to as simply a fear of open spaces, it is in fact much more complex than this and can apply to situations such as leaving the house, standing in line
or using public transport.
Armed Forces Veterans and mental health
The onset of PTSD will not always occur immediately and may in fact take a number of years before becoming apparent …
Autism & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are
both conditions that affect a person from an early age and can greatly impact their development and social functioning.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can cause a sufferer to
experience bouts of deep depression interspersed with periods of mania or hypomania. Changes between the two extreme moods can be greatly distressing to the sufferer and can interfere with daily life.
Bullying and mental health
Being bullied or being a bully can greatly damage a child’s mental state which subsequently impacts their ability to study and socialise; leaving them sad, withdrawn and anxious …
Child and adolescent mental health – guide for parents
Parents always want the best for their children and naturally want them to stay healthy. Learning that their child is unwell is troubling at the best of times, but it can be even worse when information regarding their condition is limited. This is especially the case for mental illness, as it is not something that is overtly visible and can therefore be difficult to comprehend.
Childhood Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Unfortunately many people worldwide are subjected to childhood trauma, both intentionally and unintentionally, each year. Whilst for some people this trauma is a bad memory that they have moved past, for others the effects of this trauma can stay with them for an extended period of time, often into adulthood. This can lead to conditions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that can greatly limit a person’s life.
Crime and Mental Health
There is evidence that reveals that those who are suffering from mental health problems are far more likely than the general population to be the victims of crime, especially violent crime.
Depression is not an uncommon problem; on the contrary, it is in fact the most commonly occurring mental health problem in society today and affects a great number of people each year.
“Eating disorders” is the term used to describe a category of mental illnesses involving disordered eating and weight problems. This category can then generally be separated into four main disorders Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).
Exams and Mental Health
The exam period can be an incredibly stressful time, so it’s only natural for students to feel nervous about upcoming events. Sometimes, nerves can help us perform to our best potential. However, sometimes people can experience a heightened level of stress known as exam anxiety. This can make it hard to concentrate and you may find yourself worrying a lot about important tests.
There are a number of different types of hoarding, some of which are specifically related to other disorders, but in general we can think of hoarding as when somebody acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. Whilst hoarded items are often of little to no value, this is not a requirement for a hoarding diagnosis.
Later life mental health and dementia
Approximately one fifth of adults over the age of 55 in the USA is thought to experience some type of mental health condition; with common disorders being anxiety and mood disorders such as depression. The estimates are slightly
higher in the UK, with one 2009/10 study finding that 25% of males and 35% of females accessing secondary NHS services were over the age of 65.
Long-term health conditions and mental health
Research is beginning to recognise the relationship between long-term health conditions and mental health. Many individuals living with long-term health conditions struggle with comorbid mental health problems. Facing a long-term health condition or mental health condition can be difficult alone, so understandably experiencing both together can increase the distress that an individual experiences.
Male mental health
In the USA and UK, men have been found to be more likely to suffer from substance abuse …
Mental health and business
Mental health problems are on the rise in many countries worldwide,
with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem
every year. With the amount of time we now spend at work, it is unsurprising that the increase in mental health problems is costing businesses worldwide millions of pounds a year. The business practices of some companies are also playing a role in the causation of mental health problems and some small changes can improve the lives of employees and save businesses substantial sums of money.
Mental health and students
When a person becomes a student they are often subject to a vast number of life changes in a short amount of time. For many people this will be their first time living away from home (possibly a substantial distance from their home and family). Unsurprisingly, this can put a number of students at risk of suffering poor mental health.
Mental health around the holiday period (Christmas, Thanksgiving etc)
The holiday period is a time for relaxation and happiness, where people catch up with family and friends and take a rest from work. Unfortunately, for many people the holiday period is not all about positivity and can instead have a negative impact on their mental health.
Mental health, children and teens
Mental health problems are not uncommon in children and teenagers. It has been estimated that 10% of those under the age of 18 will be affected at some point.
That’s why it’s important that as a child or teenager you know that having a mental health problem is nothing to be ashamed of.
Mental Health during pregnancy and the post-natal period
Mental health during pregnancy and the post natal period is often treated as a taboo subject, especially by those who are suffering.
Mental health of those suffering with physical or learning disabilities
When somebody is physically disabled or learning disabled many people may unintentionally overlook their potential for mental illness. This is unfortunate as this group of society is at times more at risk of mental health problems.
Mental health in the homeless
Unfortunately the rates of deliberate self-harm have been found to be high in the homeless population, and are more prevalent in females than males.
Mental health in minority populations
Globally, it has been known for some time that those who are in minority populations have received sub-par mental health care, compared with the majority population. With less than optimal treatment, people in these populations are less likely to achieve a full recovery, meaning an ongoing negative impact on their life. This is a circular issue as it means they’ll continue to suffer and struggle, which increases the risk of further mental health
Mental health in the LGBT community
Members of the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community experience the same mental health disorders as those who are heterosexual; they do not have a genetic predisposition to experience specific disorders. However, the LGBT community is often subjected to a number of life experiences that can contribute to poor mental health.
Mental Health Services and Where to Start: A Guide
If you have a mental health problem, you may be questioning if it’s worth trying to seek professional help for the first time, or going back if you’ve tried before but have been ultimately left to fend for yourself. You may also be wondering what help is actually out there anyway, and if it’s even accessible to you in the first place. Plus, are you even ill enough to seek help? The answers to these questions are yes, lots, yes and of course!
Muscle dysmorphia, also known as ‘bigorexia’, is an anxiety disorder which causes people to perceive themselves as being ‘too skinny’ or ‘not big enough’, despite being sufficiently lean and muscular. It is a subtype of body dysmorphia and is commonly associated with eating disorders.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) are both anxiety related disorders that revolve around intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
Parenting while suffering from mental health problems
Parenting and suffering from a mental illness at the same time is very hard work. It can, at times, push a person to their emotional and psychological limits. Parenting while mentally ill can put great strain on the sufferer and those around them.
Paternal depression, also known as paternal postnatal depression, is a type of depression that can affect fathers during their partner’s pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life.
Promoting a positive environment for mental health as an employer or manager
As an employer or manager there are a number of proactive steps that can be taken to make your working environment more mental health friendly.
Many changes that can be made are small, low cost adjustments that have the potential to have a big impact on the mental health of the organisation.
Promoting positive mental health and dealing with mental illness as an employee
We now spend a great portion of our adult lives either in the office or completing work related tasks at home, instead of taking the time to relax and recuperate. Spending this much time on work related tasks increases the impact that working life has on our mental health. Therefore it is important that as an employee you find a way to improve your mental health at work and encourage your employer to make necessary changes for the good of their workforce.
PTSD and the armed forces
Whilst PTSD can affect anyone in the general population, it is much more common in those who have served in the military.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition that affects
a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Suffering from self-harm can be a very scary experience and can leave you feeling isolated and in some cases ashamed. It is important in these times to remember that you are not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, many people who do feel ashamed of their self-harm hide their
condition which delays getting the help they need.
Social media and mental health
For many people, social media is seen as a largely positive thing as it allows people to keep up to date and in touch with people that they may not see as regularly as they may like. Whilst there are many positives to social media, there is also increasing evidence that extended social media use can be detrimental to a person’s mental health.
Stress – what is stress and how common is it?
Between 9.9 million and 13.3 million work days being lost each year as a result of anxiety, depression and stress.
It is important that we make sure that those people who are suffering from suicidal thoughts receive the appropriate treatment in a timely manner, so we can prevent as many people as possible from taking their own life. Especially as many attempts at suicide can lead to lasting physical and emotional damage being suffered by the survivor. Unfortunately, the number of people worldwide lost to suicide each year is estimated to be in the region of 15 in 100,000.
7 tips for those suffering from OCD, and their families/carers
Handy guide co-produced by The Shaw Mind Foundation and OCD UK.