An eating disorder that affects
two out of every hundred teenagers. It is characterised by a loss of 15% body weight due to their refusal to eat food, perception
of being fat and a tendancy to exercise obsessively.
Bipolar Mood Disorder
Bipolar Disorder (sometimes
called manic-depression) is an illness that affects the normal functioning of the brain, so that the person experiences extreme
moods - very high and over-excited or very low and depressed. People with bipolar disorder can become high,
over-excited and reckless, or imagine that they are more important or influential than they are in real life. They can also
become extremely low, feeling helpless and depressed, with difficulty making decisions or concentrating.
Borderline Personality Disorder
BPD is the name given to one of a group of psychiatric conditions
called 'personality disorder'. BPD is characterised by distressing emotional states, difficulty in relating to other people,
and self-harming behaviour. This may include idealising or devaluing other people, difficulty compromising, marked impulsiveness
and intense outbursts of anger, depression and anxiety. They may feel dependent on others for their identity or afraid of
being left alone, and so often making frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
an eating disorder which affects one in six females in their late teens
and is characterised by eating binges and then attempting to compensate for the binges by self-induced vomiting and or the
use of laxitives
Depression significantly affects
the way someone feels, causing a persistent lowering of mood. Depression is often accompanied by a range of other physical
and psychological symptoms that can interfere with the way a person is able to function in their every day life.Symptoms include: feeling
extremely sad or tearful; disturbances to normal sleep patterns; loss of interest and motivation; feeling worthless or guilty;
loss of pleasure in activities; anxiety; changes in appetite and weight; loss of sexual interest; physical aches and pains;
impaired thinking or concentration.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is characterised by the presence of recurring intrusive and unwanted
thoughts, images, or impulses - obsesssions and repetitive behavioural and mental rituals - compulsions. People with OCD are
usually aware that their symptoms are irrational and excessive, but they find the obsessions controllable and the compulsions
difficult or impossible to resist.
Psychosis is an illness where the individual looses touch of reality sometimes
resulting in the hearing of voices, confused thinking and or delusions.
Schizophrenia is an illness,
a medical condition. It affects the normal functioning of the brain, interfering with a person's ability to think,feel and
act. Symptoms include Delusions, Confused thinking and Hallucinations