Explanation of technical words and terms
Medication used to treat depression. Antidepressants work by increasing the activity and levels of certain chemicals in the brain that help to lift a person's mood.
In this information we use 'carer' to mean a friend or family member who cares for someone with an illness or disability.
An assessment by social services of a carer's physical and mental health and their needs in their role as a carer. Every person aged 16 years and older who cares for someone on a regular basis has the right to request such an assessment. There should be a written carer's plan, which is given to the carer.
Medication used mainly in the treatment of a mental disorder called bipolar disorder (or manic depression) but which can also be used to treat moderate or severe depression in combination with an antidepressant.
A general term used to describe meeting with a therapist to talk about feelings and thoughts and how these affect a person's life and well-being.