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Someone having a panic attack experiences a sudden and intense sensation of fear. They may feel they have lost control and feel desperate to get out of the situation that has triggered their anxiety.
When a parent becomes mentally unwell, it can be difficult for them to explain to their child what is happening and for the child to make sense of their parent's behaviour.
Parity of esteem
'Parity of esteem' is defined as 'valuing mental health equally with physical health', which would result in those with mental health problems benefitting from: equal access to the most effective and safest care and treatment equal efforts to improve the quality of care the allocation of time, effort and resources on a basis commensurate with need equal status within healthcare education and practice equally high aspirations for service users equal status in the measurement of health outcomes.
Peer Support may be defined as the help and support that people with lived experience of a mental illness or a learning disability are able to give to one another.
A Personal Budget (not to be confused with a Personal Health Budget, although the two can be combined) is an amount of money allocated to you by the council to meet the costs of your assessed social care needs.
Personality describes the characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that make up who we are and how we feel about ourselves
Pets and mental health
The companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. A pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners.
Phobias are particular fears that are out of proportion to real dangers. People with a phobia will try to avoid the object or situation they fear.
Physical activity and mental health
Physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting.
Physical health and mental health
A clear distinction is often made between 'mind' and 'body'. But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of as separate.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a reaction to exposure to very stressful and traumatising events.
Many new mothers may experience symptoms of irritability or low mood after giving birth; a period sometimes referred to as the “baby blues”.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Many women experience changes in their body or mood before their menstrual flow begins. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the name given to a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman's period.