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Alcohol and mental health
Mental health problems not only result from drinking too much alcohol. They can also cause people to drink too much.
Altruism can be defined as caring about other people and acting in someone else’s interest. For example, we may be acting altruistically when we offer our seat to a pregnant woman or elderly person on a bus.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and is described as a physical disease that affects the brain. It is a progressive disease which means that gradually, more parts of the brain are affected and damaged. As this occurs, more symptoms develop.
Anger is one our most powerful and vital emotions. It can be a necessary tool for survival of individuals and communities. However, anger can become problematic when it persists and begins to cause significant difficulties in our lives which includes our thinking, feeling, behaviour and relationships. 1
People with anorexia nervosa don't eat enough, usually because they feel that their problems are caused by what they look like.
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, but can also arise from something happening right now.
Armed forces and mental health
Most British military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service, or afterwards in civilian life. However they face unique risks in service and, if they do experience mental health problems, they may require particular treatments and particular mental health services.
Creative expression is helpful to healthy human development and recovery from mental distress. Formal arts therapies for people with mental health problems aim to help people draw on their inner, creative resources in order to achieve psychological change.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - or ADHD - is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects attention, concentration and impulsivity. Someone with ADHD might have significant attention problems, appear restless, fidgety, overactive and impulsive.