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Fact Sheet: 1 Depression and Alcohol

Fact Sheet: 1 Depression and Alcohol

This leaflet is written for: anyone who feels depressed and thinks they may be drinking too much anyone who thinks they may be drinking too much and feels depressed Friends, family or colleagues of anyone who is both depressed and drinking. It contains some basic facts about alcohol and depression, how to help yourself, how to help people you care for, how to get further help, and where to find more information.Alcohol and usMore than 9 out of 10 people drink alcohol. For most of us it is part...
Fact Sheet 2: Teenagers and their parents

Fact Sheet 2: Teenagers and their parents

This leaflet is mainly for the parents of teenagers and, perhaps, the grandparents of teenagers. We hope that some teenagers might also enjoy reading it.This leaflet gives information about the process of adolescence and ways in which they can be managed.IntroductionThe teenage years can be an emotional assault course for all concerned. A gulf can grow between parents and their children during adolescence. One of the reasons many of us find it so hard is because it's a time of rapid physical...
Fact Sheet 3: Other problems of teenagers

Fact Sheet 3: Other problems of teenagers

School problemsRefusal to go to school can be due to: difficulties in separating from parents being perfectionist, and becoming depressed because they can't do as well as they would want to disturbed family life, with early separation from or death of parent An established pattern which may have started at primary school. These children often have physical symptoms, such as headache or stomach-ache. Those who go to school, but then play truant, are usually unhappy at home and frustrated at school....
Fact Sheet 4: Tips on helping Teenagers

Fact Sheet 4: Tips on helping Teenagers

Don't be jealousThe good times and opportunities that adolescent children have may well make you feel very middle-aged. Their physical strength is increasing at a time that yours may well be waning. Jealousy can be the hidden fuel for all sorts of arguments and trouble.Make your home a safe baseAdolescent children are exploring life, but need a base to come back to. Home should be somewhere they feel safe to come back to, where they will be protected, cared for and taken seriously.Mutual...
Fact Sheet 5: Bipolar Disorder

Fact Sheet 5: Bipolar Disorder

IntroductionThis leaflet is for anyone who wants to know more about bipolar disorder (sometimes called bipolar affective disorder or manic depression). It is especially helpful for anyone who has bipolar disorder, their friends and relatives. Many patients prefer the term ‘bipolar’ rather than ‘bipolar disorder’ as they have an illness not a disorder.This leaflet describes: the disorder some of the problems it can create ways of coping some of the treatments available What is bipolar...
Fact Sheet 6: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults

Fact Sheet 6: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults

What is it?ADHD is a pattern of problems which is usually picked up in childhood. Parents and teachers notice that a child: is unusually over-active gets distracted all the time, cannot stick to doing something for any length of time is impulsive, and does things on the spur of the moment without thinking and has great difficult in concentrating Many of us have at least some of these problems, but do not have the diagnosis. To have the diagnosis of ADHD, these problems must be bad enough to...
Fact Sheet 7: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Fact Sheet 7: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

About this leafletThis leaflet is for anyone who has been through a harrowing experience, who has been abused or tortured, or who knows someone to whom this has happened.IntroductionIn our everyday lives, any of us can have an experience that is overwhelming, frightening, and beyond our control. We could find ourselves in a car crash, be the victim of an assault, or see an accident. Police, fire brigade or ambulance workers are more likely to have such experiences – they often have to deal...
Fact Sheet: 8 Depression

Fact Sheet: 8 Depression

This leaflet is for anyone who is, or has been depressed. We hope it will also be helpful for friends and relatives.It describes what depression feels like, some of the help that is available, how you can help yourself and how to help someone else who is depressed. It also mentions some of the things we don't know about depression. IntroductionWe all feel fed up, miserable or sad at times. These feelings don't usually last longer than a week or two, and they don't interfere too much with our...
Fact Sheet 9: Postnatal Depression

Fact Sheet 9: Postnatal Depression

The leaflet describes what it's like to have postnatal depression how to help yourself how partners, families and friends can help when to seek help from your GP or mental health services treatments further sources of help and information What is postnatal depression?Postnatal Depression is a depressive illness which affects between 10 to 15 in every 100 women having a baby. The symptoms are similar to those in depression at other times. These include low mood and other symptoms lasting at...
Fact Sheet 10 - Schizophrenia

Fact Sheet 10 - Schizophrenia

This leaflet may be helpful if: you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia you think you might have schizophrenia you know someone with this diagnosis you just want to know more about schizophrenia It covers: what it is like to have schizophrenia what causes it what can help how to help yourself information for relatives ‘Schizophrenia’ is a word that makes many people uneasy. The media regularly uses it – inaccurately and unfairly – to describe violence and disturbance. It is one of several...
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