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A type of medicine that is sometimes used to treat serious changes in mental state (such as hallucinations and delusions).
A meeting with a healthcare professional in which they will ask questions about your physical and mental health, to establish what the illness is, how severe it is and what treatments would suit you best.
A type of mental health problem sometimes known as manic depression. It is a disorder that affects mood, in which a person alternates between feeling low (called depression) and feeling very 'high', happy and over-confident (called mania).
A person (such as a family member or a friend) who has regular close contact with the person with borderline personality disorder and is involved in their care.
A group of professionals or a healthcare service that includes nurses who may visit people in their own home, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and support workers.
A type of mental health problem that causes a loss of pleasure in things that were once enjoyable, withdrawal from family and friends, negative and self-critical thoughts, and other symptoms, such as feeling tearful, irritable or tired, poor appetite, and sleep problems.
An intensive psychological treatment that focuses on enhancing a person's skills in regulating their emotions and behaviour. It aims to address and alter patterns of behaviour by finding a balance or resolving differences (this is what is meant by 'dialectical'). The therapy can help a person gain control of behaviour such as self-harm and substance misuse. The therapy usually takes place over 1 year with weekly one-to-one and group meetings.
An illness that affects how people feel about their body shape and weight. Common kinds of eating disorder are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
A law that allows a person with a mental disorder to be treated against their will, or without their agreement, if they are judged to be a serious risk to themselves or others. This is sometimes called 'being sectioned'. A person treated under the Mental Health Act will receive care in hospital where they can expect as much care and support as anyone else. People treated under the Mental Health Act have a legal right to appeal.
Psychological and physical problems that can sometimes follow threatening or distressing events.
A general term used to describe meeting with a therapist to talk about feelings and moods.
A type of medication used to treat a range of ailments including allergies and skin problems, which have non-addictive properties that can also help people sleep and calm them down.