Many people experience problems that can be a sign of an emotional health problem. Some common things you may have noticed in yourself and want to seek help about are:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of interest or pleasure in doing things you normally enjoy
- Worries that are hard to control
- Feeling that no one understands you
- Panic attacks – when you feel you are losing control or that something terrible is about to happen
- Becoming angry or upset more easily than normal
These can be symptoms of common mental health conditions. Some of the underlying conditions that talking therapies can help address are:
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad or ‘empty’ for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. As a general rule, if you are depressed, you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life. Find out more.
Anxiety can have both psychological and physical symptoms. You might be feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time, having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired, being irritable, or feeling tearful. Physical symptoms can include: a pounding heartbeat, chest pains, sweating, or loss of appetite. Find out more.
Panic disorder is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, often for no apparent reason. You may experience an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety. As well as these feelings, you may also have physical symptoms such as: nausea, sweating, trembling, a sensation that your heart is beating irregularly. Find out more.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. Find out more.
It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often called the "baby blues" and is so common that it’s considered normal. The "baby blues" don’t last for more than two weeks after giving birth. Signs someone might be depressed include: a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood, difficulty bonding with your baby or withdrawing from contact with other people. Find out more.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. This can affect new fathers too. Find out more.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. Find out more.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Find out more.
These are known as emotional or mental health problems which affect the way you think, feel and behave and can be frightening if they’re happening to you.
If you want to talk to someone right away call 01642 263121 and you will be directed to one of the most suitable support organisations.