EMOTIONAL HEALTH ILLNESSES
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0300 1020 505Poor emotional health can be as a result of many things such as relationship difficulties, trauma, financial hardships or social and medical challenges. Our mental health can suffer because of a combination of factors, or just one particular problem. Always contact your GP so you can talk through how you are feeling. This can help you get the right support. If you feel you cannot speak to your GP, then you could explore websites, try a helpline, online chat or talking to a family member or a friend. The links are just examples. There is lots of help available, so if you can, do a little research to find what suits you best.
It can be very frightening when you know there is something wrong but you don’t know what it is or why it has happened.
‘What’s wrong with me?’
‘I don’t understand why I’m feeling like this?’
‘I feel detached’
‘I don’t think I am normal’
‘Am I going mad?’Whether you’ve been diagnosed, or you simply want to find out more, it can be useful to read about mental health conditions that you may have symptoms of. But always speak to a GP or other mental health professional so that they can give you an accurate diagnosis
There are so many mental health illness and we’ve listed below some of the most common ones, with symptoms that you may identify with:
Symptoms can take years to develop, or they can develop approximately a month after your trauma. *Remembering or re-living a trauma through ‘flashbacks’ can nightmares, sweating and trembling. *Guilt that you didn’t do enough to stop the event happening. *Feeling on edge, upset and angry *Irritability and not being able to concentrate *Anger *Some PTSD sufferers also have other problems such as depression & anxiety. *Sufferers may engage in self destructive behaviour, for example, taking illegal drugs, drinking too much, getting themselves in trouble with the law. The NHS has put together a useful help sheet for those with PTSD and how it might be treated.
SAD, commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, usually causes depression during the winter months, when the days are shorter and we have less exposure to daylight and sunlight. SAD occurs with the changing of the seasons and you will be affected by it at roughly the same time every year.
If you think you may be suffering from SAD, then speak to your GP to find the best treatment for you and to get a correct diagnosis.