Stress

We have all at some point in our lives felt the effects of stress, it is an unavoidable part of life. Whilst we are all familiar with what it feels like, we may struggle to accurately define what we mean when we say stress. This is unsurprising as stress is not officially an illness in itself and has no medical definition.

Though there is disagreement amongst healthcare professionals regarding whether stress itself can be responsible for symptoms or is solely a reaction to symptoms, there tends to be agreement in mental health fields that stress can cause mental health problems and be the result of mental health problems.

Stress is the brain’s reaction to excessive pressure or high demands. Emotional and mental health related symptoms include depressed mood, irritable and aggressive mood, sleep disturbances, anxiety, fear, and withdrawn behaviours/social detachment.

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Under 18s mental health

Mental health problems are not uncommon in children and teenagers. 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. This guide will advise how to seek the help when you need it and give you advice on how to handle a friend asking for help.

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Men’s mental health

One of the major issues with men’s mental health is the potential that the statistics regarding instances are inaccurate, for a number of reasons. Firstly, in many cultures, males are meant to fulfil a ‘manly’ role, and by taking on this role, any admission that they need help with mental health issues is (incorrectly) seen as a sign of weakness. In 2013 a UK survey found that, in those over the age of 15 years old, 78% of suicides were male. If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts, or believe you know somebody who is suffering, then please seek medical advice immediately.

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Mental health at work

‘Mental health problems’ is a broad term and in this case it refers to clinically diagnosed conditions as well as anxiety, stress and depression that are often unreported to clinicians. It is important to keep in mind that many mental health problems are manageable and treatable and people can lead normal, working lives. Download the guide for more information…

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Armed forces veterans

People who join the armed forces are making a great sacrifice for their country. Unfortunately, this sacrifice does not protect them from problems associated with mental health. These problems are largely treatable and manageable, and those who are suffering should not be ashamed to seek help. This guide outlines some commonly occurring problems and suggests the first steps to take on the road to recovery.

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Student mental health

Worldwide it appears that there is a significant problem with students in higher education suffering from mental health problems, as well as concerns that students are not accessing the help that they need. This guide explores why they may be suffering, what they may be suffering from, and what to do to help them.

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Long-term health conditions

Research is beginning to recognise the relationship between long-term health conditions and mental health. 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. This guide looks at what someone who is suffering both mental health and long-term physical health can do.

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Mental health in later life

This guide looks at some of the commonly occurring mental health conditions that occur in later life, as well as providing some tips to improve your quality of life in your retirement years.

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Hoarding disorder

Hoarding Disorder is a relatively new diagnosis in its own right. However, hoarding is not a new behaviour and was previously thought to occur as a symptom of other conditions including OCD, Schizophrenia, Dementia and Depression, as well as physical conditions that limit one’s ability to throw things away. This guide is aimed at sufferers of hoarding, as well as their families and those who want to learn more. We will touch on what hoarding entails, as well as discussing the causes of hoarding, how common a condition hoarding is, and how hoarding is treated.

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Eating disorders

“Eating disorders” is the term used to describe a category of mental illnesses involving disordered eating and weight problems. The four main disorders Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). These are serious and often complex disorders that can have significant and long-lasting impacts on a person’s life. This guide highlights some of the basics of the eating disorder category, but as this is such a complex area we will only be scratching the surface. We therefore encourage sufferers, or those with an interest in the subject, to seek out further help and information.

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