All Understanding mental health pages

  • Understanding seasonal affective disorder
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    Understanding seasonal affective disorder

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    As the nights draw in, we can all feel ourselves becoming tired, low, and frustrated. But for about 3% of the UK population, this time of the year can cause a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. This article explores the condition and treatments.

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    Retail Trust counselling services – self-referral

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    If you would like to arrange short-term counselling with the Retail Trust, this article will take you through the process. Once you submit your referral form, one of our team will be in touch.

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    Retail Trust counselling services – management referral

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    If you feel a colleague would benefit from short-term counselling, you can refer them to the Retail Trust with their consent. Learn more about the process.

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    Understanding borderline personality disorder

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    The term personality refers to patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. It’s believed that between 0.7% and 2% of the UK adult population meets the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder. Find out more about the symptoms.

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    What causes borderline personality disorder?

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    Like many mental health conditions it is thought that a number of factors play a part in borderline personality disorder (BPD). Learn how genes, biology and the environment can have an impact.

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    Treatments for borderline personality disorder

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    As everyone is different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating borderline personality disorder. However, treatment usually involves some type of talking therapy and may also include medication depending on the severity of symptoms.

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    Postnatal depression

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    Welcoming a new baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life but for some women, struggling with their mental health can mean that it’s not as enjoyable as it could be. Postnatal depression affects about 10% of new mums and it’s important to know where to get help if you’re affected.

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    Perinatal depression

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    Pregnancy can be an exciting and happy time but for some women, perinatal depression can make the experience very challenging. Affecting up to 20% of expectant mums, this form of depression is serious and debilitating but help is available.

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    The baby blues

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    About 80% of new mums experience the baby blues. While it’s a difficult experience, symptoms tend to lift within 14 days of giving birth. Learn what signs to look out for.

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    What is short-term therapeutic counselling?

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    Counselling is a form of talking therapy. It can help you to learn new coping skills and empower you to make choices and move forward with your life. Find out what short-term counselling entails.

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    Understanding schizophrenia

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    Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition affecting roughly 1% of people in the UK. Treatments are available but lifelong monitoring is required to offer the best chance of returning to a life of quality.

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    Understanding bipolar disorder

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    Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health problem characterised by marked changes in mood, ranging from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). It’s thought that between 1% and 2% of the UK adult population live with this condition.

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    A guide to the Retail Trust counselling services

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    Counselling offers people from all walks of life a confidential space to talk through their feelings, concerns, hopes and fears with a trained and qualified counsellor. Find out about the short-term counselling support that the Retail Trust offers.

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    What is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?

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    Cognitive behavioural therapy, commonly known as CBT, is a form of talking therapy which can help you to identify and change negative patterns of thought and behaviour. Learn about the support available from the Retail Trust.

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    Managing anxiety in testing times

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    The events of 2020 were for many people a turning point in their lives, joining people around the world as a collective for the first time in generations. For some, this change brings feelings of anxiety. If you are feeling anxious, we have collated some resources to support you.

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    Understanding panic attacks

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    Although panic attacks themselves aren’t life-threatening, they are very scary and can have a significant effect on quality of life. Getting support is important because treatments are available and can really help.

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    Understanding panic disorder

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    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects about 2% of UK adults. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger.

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    Managing health anxiety

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    Health anxiety is an unfounded, sometimes all-consuming worry about having, or developing, a serious medical condition. Learn about managing health anxiety in these uncertain times.

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    Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder

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    Obsessive compulsive disorder, often referred to as OCD, affects approximately 1% of people in the UK. Categorised as an anxiety disorder, OCD is often misunderstood. Learn more about the condition and the treatments available.

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    Your wellbeing assessment

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    Complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.