When we first feel unwell with pain we may rest ourselves, perhaps taking time out from our usual activities. Hopefully we recover and gently resume our actvities. But what if the pain doesn’t go away, when the weeks and months and sometimes years pass with no significant reduction in pain?
Most people have changes in mood from time to time, sometimes feeling happy and sometimes feeling down. The change in mood that signifies depression is of a different degree, a lowering of mood that is oppressive and tends to effect most aspects of life.
We all know what anxiety feels like, and often we understand why we are feeling anxious at particular times. But what about when we feel it nearly all of the time, when we do not understand our feelings, or when it becomes overwhelming? If this carries on for too long many areas of our life will be affected and we may also become depressed
We are social beings and relationships are vital to us. If we are unhappy about how we relate to others it can have a very negative effect on our mental health and general well-being. Some therapies such as family therapy and couple therapy target our intimate relationships directly, whilst other psychotherapies help us to address the patterns we typically find ourselves repeating. Group therapy places us in a matrix of new relationships.
Bereavement is a normal process that occurs in response to significant loss, commonly the loss of a loved person. Occasionally this normal process can become ‘stuck’ and a psychological therapy can be helpful to resolve the difficulty and allow the bereaved person to resume and complete the normal mourning process.
We can become emotionally harmed for a long time following experiences which are painful, distressing or shocking. These experiences may be “one off” events or may occur over a period of time.
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which can range from mild and manageable to being very debilitating. Obsessions are the thoughts which then compel people to do certain things to neutralise the emotion caused by the thought.
Most therapists agree that the term “personality disorder” sounds awful, particularly to someone who hears it for the first time. On the other hand, it does attempt to describe something that is very real for many people – that habitual ways of responding to life events can repeatedly cause difficulties in relationships, in work and in life in general. When such problematic responses arise in many different areas of life to quite a severe degree, then “personality disorder” may be the most appropriate term to use.