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Specific Phobias

Characterised by an intense feeling of fear or anxiety on contact with the particular trigger and further avoidances. Common phobias include Arachnophobia, Agoraphobia, Dentophobia and Emetophobia.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Characterised by either thoughts or images which are viewed as irrational and/or unpleasant which lead to feelings of intense anxiety and the adoption of neutralising behaviours, the most common being checking and/or cleaning behaviours, often viewed as uncontrollable.

 

Impulse Control Disorders

Characterised by a seeming inability to stop habit style behaviours, e.g. Trichotillomania and compulsive gambling, shopping etc.

 

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Characterised by seemingly constant high levels of anxiety and/or worry and a seeming inability to relax.

 

Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Characterised by an sudden escalation of intense feelings of fear or anxiety (Panic Attacks) on contact with identified triggers and (Panic Disorder) without an identifiable reason or trigger.

 

Health Anxiety

Characterised by anxiety related to one’s health and

well-being with checking and reassurance seeking behaviours.

 

Social Phobia

Characterised by marked anxiety when faced with perceived performance in social situations leading to the adoption of safety behaviours and avoidances.

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Characterised by intense anxiety on exposure to threat related triggers following traumatic events. Triggers trauma related memories and flashback experiences which lead to safety, escape and avoidance behaviours.

 

Depression

Characterised by feelings of low mood and negative thought patterns, often concerning one’s own worth. Symptoms encompass cognitive, behavioural, emotional, physical and motivational areas of one’s life.

 

Bi-polar Disorder

Characterised by severe mood swings. These usually last several weeks or months and are far more severe than usually experienced by most people. Mood fluctuates between feelings of extreme happiness, intense depression and despair.

 

Eating Disorders

Characterised by excessive focus on the control and restriction of dietary intake, believed to stem from a reciprocal link between feelings of low self worth and an extreme need for self-control.

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“Evidenced based talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are as important for the nation's health as any cancer drug or surgical procedure... evidence shows that they can help millions of people in the UK who experience common and severe mental health problems”

 

"We need to talk" The Mental Health Foundation, MIND, Rethink, The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health & Young Minds.

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