Mental Health

What Is Self-Harm?

Self-harm is a deliberate act of harming the surface of the body through cutting or burning but can also include destructive and dangerous behaviour such as misuse of alcohol or drugs. It is more common for people to think of self-harm as cutting and although any life-threatening injuries may occur, they are usually not intended… Read More What Is Self-Harm?

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Alcohol Addiction: What is it, How Is it Treated and How do Family and Friends help themselves?

What is alcohol addiction? Alcohol addiction (alcoholism) involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. It doesn’t matter what type of alcohol you consume or the… Read More Alcohol Addiction: What is it, How Is it Treated and How do Family and Friends help themselves?

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Problem Gambling: What is it and How is it treated?

Problem Gambling Problem gambling (gambling addiction or compulsive gambling) is classified by the DSM – 5 as an addiction disorder with sufferers exhibiting many similarities to those who have substance addictions. It is defined as an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences, to the person or their families, or a desire to stop. Symptoms There are… Read More Problem Gambling: What is it and How is it treated?

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Mental Health Week: How Can We Start To Remove The Stigma Around Mental Health And Disabilities?

For mental health week, I thought I’d write a few words about how I think we can help remove the stigma surrounding mental health and disabilities in the world in which we live. It is not going to be a rant but just a few short suggestions for you to try to begin to understand… Read More Mental Health Week: How Can We Start To Remove The Stigma Around Mental Health And Disabilities?

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What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)? How Do I Support Someone I Love With BED?

Unlike its other counterparts, Anorexia and Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder isn’t as widely known. Nevertheless, it still affects men and women just as much, if not more, as either of the other eating disorders, it is classed as a mental health disorder and requires treatment in much the same way as the other two. When… Read More What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)? How Do I Support Someone I Love With BED?