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- Antipsychotic medication
- Arts therapies
- Bipolar disorder
- Care plan
- Carer's assessment
- Child and adolescent mental health service (or CAMHS for short, pronounced 'cams')
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Early intervention in psychosis service
- Family intervention
- Newer (second generation) antipsychotic medications
- Personality disorder
- Psychological therapy
- Side effect
- Supportive psychotherapy
A type of medication that is sometimes used to treat serious changes in mental state (such as hallucinations and delusions).
Psychological treatments that help people with mental health problems to express themselves and work through their problems using art, music, dance or drama.
Meeting with a health or social care professional to discuss your mental and physical health, family background and everyday life, to find out what the illness is, how severe it is and the most suitable treatments.
A mental health problem in which a person has periods of mania (extreme happiness or feeling 'high' and over‑confident) and periods of depression.
A plan of your treatment and care, which also includes what you can do to keep well and how to manage your symptoms.
An assessment by social services of a carer's physical and mental health and their needs as a carer. Every person aged 16 years and older who cares for someone on a regular basis has the right to ask for a carer's assessment. There should be a written carer's plan, which is given to the carer.
A service that provides treatment for and supports children and young people with mental health problems and their parents and carers.
A psychological therapy that aims to reduce feelings of distress, to help people cope with symptoms and to support people in carrying out everyday tasks. It helps people by making links between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and their current or past symptoms and can help people to re‑evaluate their beliefs, feelings or behaviour in relation to their illness.
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.
An illness caused by having too much sugar in the blood. The main symptoms are feeling tired, thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual, and having blurred vision.
A service that provides early identification and treatment to people aged 14 to 35 who have symptoms of psychosis. The service should be able to provide a full range of psychological therapy, antipsychotic medication and other support.
A psychological therapy that supports families to work together to help people with psychosis or schizophrenia and to reduce stress in family members. It aims to help family members develop communication, problem solving, information sharing and coping skills as well as increasing family members' knowledge and understanding.
A type of antipsychotic medication first developed during the 1990s, sometimes called 'atypical' antipsychotic medications. Examples are aripiprazole, olanzapine, risperidone and quetiapine. Older (first generation) antipsychotic medications were developed in the 1950s.
A condition that leads to a person having unstable moods, thoughts, behaviour and self‑image.
A treatment that involves meeting with a healthcare professional to talk about feelings and thoughts and how these affect behaviour and wellbeing.
An expression of personal distress by a person who hurts themselves. Common methods of self‑harm include cutting oneself or taking too many tablets or recreational drugs.