CAN YOU ALWAYS SEE A MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS?
No – not at all. That’s one of the reasons why we need to not say things that could be hurtful to people who do have mental health issues – you never know who does.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS?
Loads! – 1 in 10 young people (aged 5-15) and up to 1 in 4 adults have mental health problems of various types.
If someone has a mental health ilness, is it bad?
Mental illness isn’t any more ‘bad’ than a broken bone, poorly tummy or blocked nose. These physical conditions can be treated and managed and so can a mental illness.
How do you get over low self confidence?
Having low self confidence can be very upsetting and affect someone a lot. There are many ways to help you to raise your self confidence. One of the first things to try to do is to talk to someone about the way that you are feeling. This includes your family and friends, talking to your doctor (who can refer you to a councillor if they feel that would be a good idea for you) or talking to the school councillor. Something else that can help is to take regular exercise and eat a healthy diet. The website MIND also details many things that you can do yourself to get over low self confidence inclusing trying to understand your negative thoughts and trying to be more assertive. Click here to see these.
Is dementia a mental health problem?
Yes, Dementia does affect your mental health and is characterised by memory impairments, as well as difficultly in language abilities, physical movement and not being able to recognise objects and people. An example of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease and this is most common in older people.
CAN YOU GET MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS AT ALL TIMES OF YOUR LIFE?
Yes – 1 in 10 people who have mental illness have symptoms by the time they are 14 (so that’s young people). Depression after giving birth, which is usually a happy time, is very common (so that’s slightly older women). Because so many people have been struggling to get jobs in recent years, they feel very lost and are have a lot of stress and money-troubles leading to anxiety and depression (so that’s young adults to middle aged people). Also, a huge number of older people find themselves with fewer people around them and less to do each day which leads to depression (so try and be nice to grandparents and old people!).
is adhd a mental health disorder?
Yes, ADHD is classified as a mental health disorder. If you would like to find out more about ADHD then there are many helpful websites to visit, including Young Minds.
is testosterone a mental health disorder?
No, testosterone is a hormone produced in the human body which regulates the development of male reproductive systems.
Can animals get mental health disorders?
Some psychologists believe that animals have a personality, so therefore can suffer from mental health problems just like humans for example they can have phobias, or suffer from stress. However, others believe that animals do not have mental health problems and these are just behavioural characteristics that the animal has.
are people with mental illness violent and can they harm other people?
This is simply not true! This is a myth that has been made worse by the media (newspapers and news channels). People with mental illnesses are more likely to harm themselves, or be harmed by other people. Whilst it is true that there have been some sad stories of people with mental illnesses harming other people, this is very rare and it feels like it happens a lot more because of the way that the media report it.
WHAT IS THE WORST MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS?
Mental health illnesses all vary so much between people so it’s impossible to say. Someone with bipolar disorder can be very well controlled with medication while someone else’s life can be completely taken over by Obsessive compulsive disorder. Meanwhile someone else with OCD can respond really well to cognitive behavioural therapy but someone can go years with depression without seeking help that’s available. Bulimia can hurt someone in many different ways, but self harm can also have lots of negative effects.
is old age a mental health condition?
Old age itself is not a ‘mental problem’, as most people get old! It’s true that as people age they might become a bit more forgetful, but again, this is a normal part of ageing.
However, there is a mental disorder associated with old age, and this is called dementia. There are lots of different types of dementia; the one most people are familiar with is called Alzheimer’s disease. In Alzhemier’s disease, people forget important things; for example, they may not recognise their family anymore. Their personality and behaviour may also change. Dementia is a very difficult disease for the family of the person, as they see their loved one change.
is attention seeking a mental health disorder?
No, attention seeking is not a mental health problem, but rather a behavioural action that some individuals will pursue in order to gain attention from others. This is not always done on purpose however and these people are often teased or dismissed as making things up. It is usually a sign that the person needs help with something going on in their life, or there may be something they are not happy about. They may not be strong enough to ask for help. Just allowing them the opportunity to talk about why they are feeling this way may be enough to help them, or there are many sources of help such as counselling.