It’s important for everybody to look after their wellbeing. Mental ill-health can happen to anyone, and it can strongly affect a person’s behaviour, physical health, relationships, ability to do work, and even their feelings and perceptions of the world. With the right support, things can improve.
Digital mental health resources can often be just as effective as talking to someone face-to-face. If you’re not comfortable talking to someone in person, that may be the way to go. Whatever you choose, trust is a very important factor.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”What are the different types of Mental Health issues?”][vc_text_separator title=”Depression”]
“Depression feels like I am locked in a black room inside myself”
You might experience:
• constant worrying about things that are a regular part of everyday life, or about things that aren’t likely to happen.
• unpleasant physical symptoms such as sleep problems, panic attacks, an increased heartbeat, an upset stomach, muscle tension or feeling shaky.
• a specific anxiety disorder, such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, a phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[/vc_column_text]
• manic or hypomanic episodes (feeling high)
• depressive episodes (feeling low)
• potentially some psychotic symptoms during manic or depressed episodes.[/vc_column_text]
• a pounding heartbeat or chest pains • sweating and nausea (feeling sick)
• feeling faint and unable to breathe
• shaky limbs, or feeling like your legs are turning to jelly. It’s easy to mistake these for the signs of a heart attack or another serious medical problem.[/vc_column_text]
“I’d hyperventilate and cry with panic as the feeling that I was going to fall unconscious was so convincing.”
It’s common to feel unsure about seeking support for your mental health, and to feel like you ought to wait until you can’t handle things on your own. But it’s always ok for you to seek help – even if you’re not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem. The best way to start is normally by making an appointment to talk to a health care professional, such as your doctor. Your friends and family may be able to offer you support day-to-day, but only your doctor can make a diagnosis, prescribe you medication or refer you to other NHS treatments and services. If you feel like you are or a loved one are experiencing any kind of mental health problem, you are not alone. Reach out to a friend or family member. If you aren’t comfortable with that, try one of the links below.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)
Web site: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)