We treat people who have difficulties with distressing feelings like depression, anxiety, worry and fear.
Lots of people experience these – so they are called common mental health problems. We usually see people who can be treated with a brief talking therapy. This means we aim to help you cope and feel better in weeks, rather than months. These are some of the conditions we frequently help with.
We treat people who experience difficulties with low mood or anxiety. Lots of people experience these and so they’re called common mental health problems. We usually see people who can be treated with a brief talking therapy. This means we aim to help you cope and feel better in weeks, rather than months.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Generalised anxiety disorder is when you have a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, and find it hard to control. It might make you feel tense and restless and make it hard to sleep.
Having insomnia means you often have serious problems with falling or staying asleep - or both - and can often be a symptom linked to low mood or anxiety.
Low mood and depression
Low mood or depression is when you’re down – sad, empty or numb, all or a lot of the time. It can also be when you lose interest in doing things and get less pleasure from them. It can go on for weeks and months.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often has nightmares and flashbacks about the traumatic event. It can create feelings of isolation, fear and strong anxiety.
People who experience low self-esteem don’t have confidence in themselves as a person. They believe they’re not good enough, or not worthwhile. These thoughts might have been there for a long time, rather than being caused by a difficult life event.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder makes people have thoughts and urges - or see images again and again when they don’t want to. This happens often. It makes them feel very anxious or distressed. They perform repetitive behaviours, like washing hands or checking doors, to feel less anxious and make the images and thoughts go away.
Panic disorder causes panic attacks. These are sudden, intense bursts of anxiety that are usually unexpected. They feel very frightening for the person having them. Common physical feelings in a panic attack are: faster heartbeat, breathlessness, dizziness, chest pain.
Social anxiety or social phobia makes people feel very anxious about social occasions. They worry that people are judging them and feel extremely self-conscious. As a result, they avoid going to social situations.
A specific phobia is an overwhelming fear of a particular object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are stronger than fears. They develop when people have an unrealistic sense of danger about an object. As a result, they become extremely anxious and panicky and want to escape.