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Explanation of technical terms
- Carer's assessment
- Obsessive–compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Primary care
- Psychological treatments
- Sedative antihistamine
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
- Serotonin–noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)
- Structured problem solving
Medication used primarily in the treatment of psychosis. Examples include aripiprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine and risperidone.
Medication used to treat sleep problems, agitation, seizures and muscle spasms. Examples include chlordiazepoxide, diazepam and lorazepam.
An assessment by social services of a carer's physical and mental health and their needs in their role as a carer. Anyone aged 16 years and older who cares for someone on a regular and substantial basis has the right to request such an assessment. There should be a written carer's support plan, which is given to the carer.
A common mental health problem, the main symptoms of which are losing pleasure in things that were once enjoyable and losing interest in everyday activities and other people.
A type of anxiety disorder in which a person has thoughts, images or impulses that keep coming into their mind and are difficult to get rid of (called obsessions) and a strong feeling that they must carry out or repeat certain physical acts or mental processes (called compulsions).
A type of anxiety disorder that can sometimes follow a threatening or traumatic event.
A type of medication called an 'anticonvulsant' used to treat seizures, which is also used to treat GAD.
A part of the healthcare service that includes GPs, nurses and mental health teams (such as mental health workers, mental health practitioners and psychologists).
Treatments that involve meeting with a mental health professional to talk about feelings and thoughts and how these affect behaviour and wellbeing.
A serious mental health problem. The main symptoms are hearing voices and sometimes seeing things that are not really there (called hallucinations), and having fixed beliefs that are false but that the person believes in completely (called delusions).
Medication used to treat allergic reactions that can have a calming effect on the brain.
A type of antidepressant. Examples include sertraline, fluoxetine, citalopram, escitalopram, fluvoxamine and paroxetine.
A type of antidepressant. Examples include venlafaxine and duloxetine.