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Mental Illness

20February

Self-Harm: What it is and what to do

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness

Self-Harm: What it is and what to do

Self-harm is an umbrella term for any harmful behaviour, action or habit. Self-harm includes a range of things, including overeating, taking drugs, smoking and drinking too much alcohol. This could be deliberate, because you are depressed or anxious, or as a way of punishing yourself for something you have done. When a person causes physical injury to themselves the term self-injury is used. It could be cutting, burning, pulling hair, picking skin or taking an overdose.

31January

Autism: Getting a Job with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Careers, Disability

Autism: Getting a Job with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Affecting 1.1% of the population, and occurring more frequently in men than women, Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of mental disabilities that can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction.

Autism Spectrum Disorders can also occur with learning difficulties, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder, as well as other mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression.

30September

Dyslexia

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Education and Learning, Disability

Dyslexia

What do Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Richard Branson all have in common?

They all suffer from dyslexia.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects around ten per cent of the population, some sufferers having more severe forms than others.

25July

OCD: How to deal with it

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

OCD: How to deal with it

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is an anxiety disorder. An obsession is the repeated urge to do something, or desire for something; compulsion is when you feel the need to constantly repeat an activity, such as washing your hands or arranging objects.

16July

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Written by Josh Phillips Posted in Mental Illness

Bipolar: What to look for and what to do

Our moods always change. One minute we’re up, and the next, we’re down. Everyone’s like that. But sometimes the mood swings that everyone gets from time to time can go too far: someone can go from feeling giddy with joy to being unbearably sad, and back again. This can be a sign of mental illness, of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder where the person suffering from it swings back and forth, sometimes very rapidly or sometimes very slowly, between two very different moods or mental states, between depression and mania.

01March

Confidence v Rejection: The never-ending Battle

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, General Advice, Careers

Confidence v Rejection: The never-ending Battle

Confidence is tricky; particularly when other people are doing you down, you have low self-esteem or haven’t formed a very high opinion of yourself.

I never had enough confidence as a child, and this bred a shy girl, always hidden within a shell to protect myself from the criticism and opinions of others, wilting in the shadow of social and parental expectation. If your experiences are similar to mine, then I would like to tell you about the wonder that just having confidence can bring.

25January

How to deal with feeling Stuck

Written by Vega Sims Posted in Mental Illness, Careers

How to deal with feeling Stuck

Feeling like you’re stuck is definitely not a unique problem, whether you’ve grown up with very little or come from a middle class working family, many people get to a point where they feel stuck in a situation and can’t see a way out. Learning how to deal with the feeling of being stuck is perhaps one of life’s most important lessons because if you know how to deal with this, no matter at what point in your life, you’ll be able to get “un-stuck”.

20December

Don't Stay Silent: Remember No Means No

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Sex and Relationships

Don't Stay Silent: Remember No Means No

In October of this year, the country was shocked by allegations made against Sir Jimmy Saville, the late BBC TV and radio presenter, as police pursued 120 leads of sexual abuse that were made against him. The abuse spanned decades and involved more than 50 potential victims, from Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Saville volunteered, to the BBC’s Corporation House.

26November
26November

Success for Young Disabled People

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Mental Illness, Disability

Success for Young Disabled People

What do these successful people have in common other than being well known?  Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Christopher Reeve (Superman), David Blunkett and Admiral Lord Nelson....they all are/were disabled.

09November

Always feeling down? You are not alone

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness

Always feeling down? You are not alone

Depression can leave you feeling tired all day. Some days you just lack the motivation to do anything and this can affect your home life, your relationships and your physical health.