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Mental Health

Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

Panic disorder is not the same as anxiety or a single panic attack. Symptoms of panic disorder include frequent and unexpected panic attacks. Most people experience anxiety and up to 40 percent of us have a panic attack at some stage during our lives. People who have recurring panic attacks are more likely to have…

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Our Lifestyle and Wellbeing

Getting enough sleep, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and other drugs can help you keep your mental health on track, and improve your overall wellbeing. Exercise Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our health and wellbeing, but sometimes even with the best of intentions, exercise can slip…

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Almost everyone who is thinking about suicide will usually give warnings or signs to people around them. The best way to prevent suicide is to recognize these warning signs, take them seriously and act on them. A person might show they are considering suicide in how they feel, talk and behave. How they feel and…

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Types of Depression

Major Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) Major depression is the technical term used by health professionals and researchers to describe the most common type of depression. This type of depression can be described as mild, moderate or severe. Melancholia Melancholia is an older term for depression and is still sometimes used to describe a more severe…

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How Negative Emotions Affects Us?

Any feeling that causes you to be sad and miserable can be described as negative emotions. These emotions may take away your confidence and make you dislike yourself and others. They can all lead to stress and are often seen as emotions to be avoided, ignored, or in other ways disavowed, but they can actually be…

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What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are not just about food and weight, they are serious and potentially life-threatening mental illnesses, in which a person experiences a severe disturbance in eating and exercise behaviors because of distortions in thoughts and emotions, especially those relating to body image or feelings of self-worth. People in all age groups, genders, and socio-economic…

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Depression – First Aid

How do I know if someone is experiencing depression? Even, only a trained professional can diagnose someone with depression, if you notice changes in the person’s behavior, their mood, energy levels, habits or personality, you should consider depression as a possible reason for these changes. It is very important to find out about depression so…

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Depression – How can I be Supportive?

Treat the person with respect and dignity Each person’s situation and needs are unique. It is important to respect the person’s autonomy while considering the extent to which they are able to make decisions for themselves, and whether they are at risk of harming themselves or others. Equally, you should respect the person’s privacy and…

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health

When someone first starts to use drugs, it is called substance abuse. We say someone is addicted to drugs when they have no control over whether they want to use the drug or not. That person feels that they HAVE to have that drug. Substance use disorders are a major cause of mental illness. People…

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