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Mental Health Topics - Browse A-Z

Our Mental Health Topics A-Z offers information on problems, issues and treatment options, including the latest news, upcoming events and free, downloadable self help guides on issues relating to well being and mental health.

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Addiction is not having control over doing, taking or using something, to the point that it may be harmful to you.

Ageing Well

Growing old is a natural process but it can produce a range of reactions in some people. It may be that you feel positive about it, you may have some anxiety, or you may have a mixture of different feelings.


Until recently agoraphobia was defined as a fear of open spaces. It now also includes several other related fears such as a fear of entering shops, fear of crowds and public places, or of travelling alone on trains, buses or aeroplanes.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease of the brain that causes dementia, gradually destroying a persons memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgements, communicate and carry out normal daily activities.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa means 'loss of appetite for nervous reasons'. However, this is misleading because people with anorexia nervosa may have a normal appetite, but drastically control their eating so as not to satisfy their appetite.


Everyone has temporary feelings of anxiety or worry from time to time. However, you may have an anxiety disorder if persistent worry and anxiety interferes with your life.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or hyperkinetic disorder is used to describe children who have three main kinds of problem.

Autism (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects how the brain functions. It affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

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