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Mental Health Difficulties

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

- The World Health Organisation

I think it is vitally important to keep in mind that mental health isn’t something that only exists when it is poor. Mental health, like physical health requires constant awareness and care. It is my belief that everyone would benefit from understanding the concepts of CBT and becoming more aware of their patterns of thought, emotion regulation and behaviour regardless of the presence or lack of a "mental health disorder".

Unfortunately when mental health does deteriorate we can develop a mental health disorder. These states are when the negative mental health we experience in our thoughts, emotions and behaviours self-sustain. Mental health disorders involve cycles that can be difficult to break on your own and the first advice must always be to seek support from your GP. Everyone is susceptible to developing mental health disorders and illnesses like Depression do not discriminate, 1 in 4 will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

It is important to promote open discussion about mental health and you can help to do this and engage using social media. Feel free to share pages of my website to social media and you can follow me on twitter @ascbtni.

Depression

We all go through periods where we may feel a bit low but Depression involves a persistent feeling of sadness over a period of weeks or even months. One in ten of us will experience depression in our lifetime. Symptoms can include a general loss of interest, pleasure and motivation, sleeping and/or eating considerably more or less than normal, irritability, lethargy, low libido and possibly thoughts that life is no longer worth living.   

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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CBT for Depression

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Depression

We all go through periods where we may feel a bit low but Depression involves a persistent feeling of sadness over a period of weeks or even months. One in ten of us will experience depression in our lifetime. Symptoms can include a general loss of interest, pleasure and motivation, sleeping and/or eating considerably more or less than normal, irritability, lethargy, low libido and possibly thoughts that life is no longer worth living. Learn more...   

CBT for Anxiety

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Generalised anxiety Disorder (GAD)

We all go through periods where we may feel a bit low but Depression involves a persistent feeling of sadness over a period of weeks or even months. One in ten of us will experience depression in our lifetime. Symptoms can include a general loss of interest, pleasure and motivation, sleeping and/or eating considerably more or less than normal, irritability, lethargy, low libido and possibly thoughts that life is no longer worth living. Learn more...   

Panic Disorder

Experiencing 4 or more symptoms of anxiety intensely at the same time constitutes a panic attack. If you have experienced one you will know how scary these can be. Unfortunately if fear develops about these symptoms we can experience panic more and more often. Panic disorder could be described as panicking about panic. Learn more...   

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OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the presence of unwanted intrusive thoughts and/or the presence of compulsive behaviours or rituals. The thoughts are totally at odds with who you are and what you believe in and are therefore very distressing but so important to speak out about. Learn more...   

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can occur following involvement in any situation where you feared for your or someone else’s life or integrity. Traumatic experiences are hard for us to process and so we may experience reliving through flashbacks and/or nightmares. The anxiety response is persistently aggravated and the sufferer may feel tense, stressed, angry, irritable or on edge all of the time. Sleep is often negatively affected and low mood is also very common.  Learn more...   

Phobia

With specific or situational phobia, strong anxiety is felt only when the sufferer is exposed to a very specific stimulus – e.g. spiders, wasps, clowns, planes. Avoidance begins with the specific stimulus but can extend to situations where that stimulus may be present and begin to limit the sufferer’s enjoyment of life.  Learn more...   

Health Anxiety

Health anxiety or illness anxiety disorder is the fear that we may have a serious illness or will have in the future. The sufferer experiences a lot of anxiety and may spend considerable time and energy on monitoring their body and their health, visiting the doctor, googling symptoms, paying attention to, or avoiding news stories about health and seeking reassurance that their health is sound. Learn more...   

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is about the fear of judgement from others. Anxiety is specifically related to social situations, when the sufferer becomes very internally focused, attending to their anxiety symptoms. The sufferer may totally avoid all social contact or feel only able to engage with others under specific circumstances. Eye contact can be very difficult and self-esteem is typically low. Often alcohol can be used as a crutch in difficult social situations.    Learn more...