Good mental health isn’t something you have, but something you do. One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point, which can affect their daily life, relationships or physical health. Mental health problems can affect anyone. Without support and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on the individual and those around them.
Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. There is no single cause of mental health problems and the reasons they develop are complex. As a result treatment needs to be personal and specific to the individual. Listed below are some facts about specific mental health conditions, mental health and wellbeing.
- Anxiety – we all become anxious under pressure, but one person may succumb more easily than another due to a mixture of personality, current circumstances & childhood experience.
- Stress- Stress is something we all encounter. Stress means different things to different people. What you feel is determined not just be events and changes in the outside world, but how you perceive and respond to them. You can learn to recognise your own responses to stress and, if necessary, develop skills to deal with them.
- Paranoia - Being paranoid means being suspicious without reason, and believing that others are trying to harm you in some way.
- Depression – In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life, but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, major depression (clinical depression) can be life threatening, because it can make people suicidal or simply give up the will to live
- Memory Loss - Memory is a complex business – a combination of different skills all working together. For example, remembering what someone has said involves a different type of memory skill from trying to recall someone’s face.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is a range of psychological symptoms people may experience following a traumatic event, which is outside the normal human experience.