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People with anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough, exercising too much, or both.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. We all feel anxious at times, but anxiety may be a mental health problem if your feelings are very strong or last a long time. More than one in 20 of us have an anxiety disorder.
Armed forces and mental health
Learn about the mental health risks and support available for veterans and people currently in the armed forces.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, impulsive and have problems concentrating.
Autism spectrum disorder
Learn more about autism as an umbrella term for conditions within the autism spectrum. Find out about communication and social behaviour with autism.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. It can make you experience extreme highs and extreme lows. It used to be called manic depression.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities
Challenges such as racism, stigma and inequalities can affect the mental health of people from BAME communities.
People with bulimia nervosa have an unhealthy eating cycle. They will eat a lot of food (bingeing) and then do something to try to avoid weight gain, such as vomiting or taking laxatives (purging).
Children and young people
Mental health problems affect around one in six children. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder (a type of behavioural problem), and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Learn more about cognitive behavoural therapy (CBT). Find out about how it works and what mental health conditions are treated with it.
Anyone can experience a mental health crisis. In a crisis, you may feel like you can’t carry on. You may be at risk of hurting yourself or trying to take your own life. It’s vital to get help immediately.
Debt and mental health
Learn more about debt and mental health. Find out how mental health problems can affect your finances and how to get help.
Dementia isn’t just about memory loss. It can affect how you think, feel, speak and behave.
We all have times when we feel down, but depression is about more than feeling sad or fed up for a few days. Depression causes a low mood that lasts a long time and affects your daily life.
Diet and mental health
What we eat doesn’t just affect our physical health: it can also affect our mental health and wellbeing.
Digital mental health
Learn about digital mental health. Find out how it uses digital technology to manage mental health through prevention, monitoring and treatment.
Drugs and mental health
Learn about drugs and mental health. Find out more about substance abuse, the different types of drugs used, and what leads to it.
Having an eating disorder means having a difficult relationship with food. This can include eating too little or too much, or becoming fixated with your weight or shape.
Friendship and mental health
Friendship is a crucial element in protecting our mental health. Our friends can keep us grounded, help us get things in perspective, and help us manage the problems that life throws at us.
Gambling and mental health
Learn about gambling. Find out why we gamble, how to know when gambling has become a problem, how to help yourself and how to help a loved one.
Learn more about hearing voices. Find out about the symptoms, prevalence, causes and treatments alongside practical advice.
Housing and mental health
Learn about the connection between housing and mental health. Find out how housing can impact mental health, what housing support is available and about mental health and homelessness.
Human rights and mental health
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to everyone. They cannot be taken away, although some can be restricted in certain circumstances.
Long-term physical conditions and mental health
Long-term physical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or asthma can have a significant impact on your mental health.
Medication for mental health problems
Your doctor may offer you medication to treat your mental illness. Medication can significantly improve your symptoms, although you may experience side-effects.
Men and mental health
In England, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Mental health in later life
Learn about mental health in later life. Find out about some of the key areas that can affect mental health in later life such as retirement, depression and dementia.
Mental health literacy
Learn more about mental health literacy. Find out the positive benefits to mental health literacy such as acquired knowledge of how to seek access to mental health information.
Mindfulness is a technique you can learn to be fully present and engaged in the moment without judging anything. It can help you manage your thoughts, feelings and mental health.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder involving distressing thoughts and repetitive behaviours.
A panic attack is a feeling of sudden and intense fear. It can come on quickly and for no apparent reason. Panic attacks can be very frightening, but they’re not dangerous.
Parenting and mental health
Being a parent with a mental illness can be hard. But with the right support, you can be a good parent while managing your mental health.
Parity of esteem
Learn about parity of esteem. Find out why it is important for mental health, how the parity gap is measured and where it comes up in legislation.
Someone with a personality disorder will have difficulties with how they think, feel, behave and relate to others.
Pets and mental health
The companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress.
Physical activity and mental health
Physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing. Being physically active means moving your body and working your muscles: for example, by walking, running, dancing, swimming, doing yoga or gardening.
Physical health and mental health
We often think of our mind and body as separate, but our mental health and physical health are interconnected.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Learn about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Find out about the symptoms and treatment for PTSD.
Postnatal depression is a type of depression many people experience after having a baby. It’s not the same as the ‘baby blues’: it needs treatment so you can recover.
Learn about recovery and mental health. Find out about the recovery process, what supports this, what the links are between recovery and social inclusion and what tools can help.
Learn about schizophrenia. Find out what the misconceptions, symptoms, treatments, and self management techniques are.
Learn about self-harm and mental health. Find out about what it is, why is happens and how to get support.
Self-management of mental ill-health
Learn about self-management of mental health. Find out how people can learn skills and attend courses for self-management.
Self-management: 10 things you need to know
Learn about self-management. Find out the 10 things that can help to control mental ill health such as goal setting, routine and crisis planning.
Sleep and mental health
We all need to sleep well to help our bodies recover from the day and to allow healing to take place.
Smoking and mental health
We all know the physical health risks of smoking tobacco, but did you know smoking also affects people's mental health?
Stigma and discrimination
People with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.
Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.
Learn more about suicide and mental health. Find out about risk factors, prevention, help and support.
Learn about talking therapies and mental health. Find out what talking therapies are, what the types of talking therapies are, how to access therapy and how to choose your therapist.
Talking to your GP about your mental health
Learn about talking to you GP about your mental health. Find out how to get the most out of your appointment, get advice on finding the best GP for you and useful information guides.
Learn about the importance of defining the terms used to describe people experiencing mental ill health and read our list of definitions.
Welfare and mental health
Just as some people with physical health problems and disabilities require support from the state, so do some people with mental health problems. Living with a mental health problem is frequently linked to an increased need for welfare support. 1 People with mental health problems have among the lowest employment rates of all disadvantaged groups, as well as being at higher risk of falling out of work. 2 However mental health problems do not need to stop you from working: with the right support, guidance and the right job, people with mental health challenges play a vital role in the...
Women and mental health
In England, around one in five women has a common mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or self-harm.