Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid, particularly about things that are about to happen. There are lots of different types of anxiety including worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and specific phobias.
Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your everyday life. It can affect your motivation to do things and your enjoyment of activities.
Difficulties with sleep are common and most people will experience them at some point in their lives. There is a close relationship between sleep and mental health/wellbeing.
Stress is also closely linked with mental health. For example, mental health difficulties can cause stress and stress can cause mental health difficulties. Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats and difficulties. However, sometimes it can become overwhelming.
Everyone feels angry from time to time, however it can become a problem when it begins to harm you or others around you. Counselling/talking therapy can help with this.
Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When our self-esteem is low we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light. Counselling/talking therapy can help to improve self-esteem by exploring it's origins and challenging some of the beliefs we may hold about ourselves.
Bereavement & Loss
Losing someone that you were close to can be devastating. Bereavement affects people in different ways. Sometimes it can lead to problems such as panic attacks, anger, anxiety, sleep difficulties, stress and depression. Counselling/talking therapy can be helpful to share your feelings and to explore the secondary problems that often arise with it.
Work Related Problems
Problems at work can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. For some people the problems that they experience at work are mirrored in their personal life and/or past experiences. Counselling/talking therapy can be helpful to talk this through and to think about ways in which you may be able to manage the problem.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
People with PTSD often relive a traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may experience secondary mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. The symptoms are usually severe enough to have a significant impact upon the person's day-to-day life. Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause PTSD. People who repeatedly experience traumatic situations may be diagnosed with complex PTSD.