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What is autism? “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them” National Autistic Society (2015) The term Autism has many different labels including …


Self-harm is when a person hurts or injures themselves deliberately. People may only ever self-harm once or may harm themselves on a regular basis. Recent research suggests that one in ten of 15 and 16-year-olds have self-harmed (usually by cutting themselves).


People with schizophrenia have times when they see or experience reality differently to other people. This means that they often see, hear, think or believe things which other people around them don’t. For example, these could be things like thinking they are a famous person …


It is normal for any us to have strange experiences now and then, like hearing noises when we’re very tired or seeing things out of the corner of our eye. However, when we experience psychosis other things can develop; the following is a list of …


Depression is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, sadness or lack of self-worth. We all feel sad occasionally, but when someone is depressed, the sadness is there most of the time. Feeling down gets in the way of them leading a normal life.


Dementia causes the (usually gradual) loss of mental abilities such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. The most common symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, and changes in personality, mood and behaviour. Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age. Read more about dementia.


Bulimia nervosa (known as bulimia) is an eating disorder that affects up to one in 50 women and one in 500 men. Bulimia is a very serious condition where a person eats large quantities of food while feeling they have lost control over the amount …


Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition where a person has phases of feeling very ‘up’, high or manic, and phases where they feel very ‘down’, low or depressed. These mood swings are much more extreme than the mood changes that most of us feel …


Everyone feels anxious from time to time. It is the worry, concern, uncertainty, tension and even fear that you notice when something is stressing you out. As well as affecting the way you think, anxiety also has an impact on your body. It can make …


Anorexia nervosa (commonly known as anorexia) is an eating disorder that can seriously damage a person’s health if it is not treated properly. It affects more girls than boys. About 90% of those who are known to develop anorexia are female. It is most common …

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