Different mental health conditions
Although not always discussed, many people are affected by mental health conditions and it can happen to anyone. If you are struggling with your mental health, it's important to understand the different types, severities, and how to get help.
People with anorexia may experience body dysmorphia meaning that they think they are fat, even if they are in fact very thin. As a result, they will restrict they calorie intake and track what foods they eat, often undereating. They may also experience guilt after eating and try to work off any food they have consumed.
People with bulimia often also experience body dysmorphia but rather than reduce the amount of food they eat, they will binge eat (eating large quantities of food in one sitting) and then try to get ride of the food (often by making themselves sick).
Both conditions are very dangerous and can cause physical and mental distress on the body. Anorexia and bulimia can happen to anyone of any gender at any age.
If you are suffering from anything mentioned above, please talk to our chatbot today for help and advice.
The NHS website describes anxiety as ‘a feeling of stress, panic or fear that can affect your everyday life physically and psychologically.’
Many people experience anxiety at certain times of their life which is completely normal. However, if you are feeling anxious a lot of the time or it is impacting your ability to complete everyday tasks and activities, you may need support.
Sometimes people will experience panic attacks when they are anxious. A panic attack is a physical response to anxiety and includes a racing heartbeat, shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, a sense you are losing control and sometimes nausea. Panic attacks are none life-threatening and usually don’t last longer than 30 mintues. However, they are very frightening and can be very distressing for people of all ages.
ADHD is a condition that affects people’s behaviour and can lead individuals to have trouble concentrating, to seem restless and they may act upon impulse. Someone with ADHD may appear to have a lot of energy and may find it harder to fit in with their peers.
If you feel that you have ADHD, it can be scary and isolating but there is help available. 1 in 100 people are affected by ADHD, so remember you are not alone.
Bipolar Disorder is a conditional which makes people experience extreme emotions causing them to swing from very hyper (manic) to feeling very low and depressed. It could cause you to feel very happy or very sad in just a few days or weeks and you may find it hard to maintain a consistent emotional state.
It is normal for your mood to change throughout the day as you react to things happening around you but if you are unable to complete every day tasks and activities, it may be a sign of something more serious and you may find reaching out for support useful.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder which affects someone’s mood and how they interact with others. It makes it hard to manage your thoughts, how you see yourself and how deal with relationships with others.
There are a lot of symptoms for BDP and most people will only experience a few. Due to the complexities of this condition, most people with BDP benefit from support and help with learning how to cope with it. If you think you may have BPD, you should speak to your doctor about what support is available.
We all feel sad, overwhelmed or unhappy sometimes but depression is when this feeling is persistent and often, people can’t see a way out. However, this is not true and help is available.
Sometimes depression can be triggered by an event in your life, such as a family member dying, but other times, there may be no obvious cause for feeling this way. Everyone is unique and it is important you speak to a doctor if you think you might be depressed.
OCD is a common mental health disorder where people have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. This can manifest in different ways for different people but can sometimes be disruptive to every day life.
OCD can make people think about things over and over or repeat the same action over and over again. This can cause a lot of anxiety and it can be distressing if something interrupts this behaviour. For example, someone might feel they have forgotten to pack something and will check their bag over and over again to ensure the thing is still there.
Someone with OCD might feel they need to repeat the same actions or complete a ‘ritual’ to manage these feelings or feel like they are in control.
Psychosis is a condition which causes people to perceive things or interrupt things differently to others around them. They may get confused by reality and have a distorted sense of what is happening around them.
This might include hearing voices which are not there or seeing things which are not really happening (hallucinations) or believing things which are not true (delusions). This is not to be confused with daydreaming, hearing your thoughts or talking to yourself which are normal and not something to be concerned about.
If you think you are experiencing a psychosis, it can be frightening and you may feel like you have lost control or your grasp on reality. However, help is available. If you are feeling this way, you should talk to your doctor or an adult that you can trust. If you feel you have nowhere to turn, talk to our chatbot for advice.
Everyone will experience incidences which are hard to cope with at some point in their lives. However, if you experience something particularly traumatic, you may experience Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as a result. PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder and you may relive the traumatic experience through flashbacks or hallucinations which can be very frightening.
This can be a very difficult disorder to cope with but seeking the right support can help you deal, or even overcome it.
Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition where you might see or hear things that are not there. It causes a wide range of different symptoms and is a type of Psychosis.
It is often misunderstood that Schizophrenia causes someone to be violent or have a split personality. Although possible, this is not true for all cases. Schizophrenia requires treatment to get better so if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, it is important you talk to your doctor and receive the help you need.