Mental Health | What it is?

Understanding how an individual deals with their own wellbeing. Can a person cope with the normal situations and stresses of life.

Mental health can appear at any point in a person’s life,

Mental health is not just an illness it’s a person’s state of mind. Which can be triggered by anything which is personal to that individual.

Forms of Mental Health are as follows:

Anxiety & panic attacks Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience, this can become a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling like this all or most of the time. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.

Bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to someone who experiences extreme periods of low (depressed) and high (manic) moods. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present.

Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing a low mood and who finds it hard or impossible to have fun or enjoy their lives.

Eating disorders An eating disorder is a diagnosis given to someone who has unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviour about food and their body shape.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health diagnosis given to someone who experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

Personality disorders If someone has a personality disorder, some aspects of their personality might affect them in a way which makes it very difficult to cope with day to day life, especially when it comes to relation

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis given to people who develop a certain set of symptoms following a traumatic event. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.

Psychosis A person experiencing psychosis perceives the world in a different way to those around them, the two main symptoms include hallucinations, delusions or both.

Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to people who experience symptoms of psychosis, alongside what are called ‘negative symptoms’. These can been seen as abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality.

Self harm is when someone intentionally hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress.

Suicidal feelings Suicide is when someone intentionally takes their own life – is a very complex issue. What are suicidal feelings? People feel suicidal for a variety of reasons, for example:

bullet point  Difficult life events – such as having a traumatic childhood or experiencing physical or emotional abuse,

bullet point  Something upsetting or life-changing happening such as a relationship ending or a loved one dying,

bullet point  Misusing drugs or alcohol,

bullet point  Living alone or having little social contact with other people,

bullet point  Having a mental health condition such as depression, schizophrenia or personality disorder,

bullet point  Having a physical health condition, especially if this causes pain or serious disability,

bullet point  Problems with work or money.

 If you are experiencing any of the above please refer to our signpost page.