Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS


Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.


When you're depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, and can last for weeks or months, rather than days. Depression is quite common, and about 15% of people will have a bout of severe depression at some point in their lives.

Dual diagnosis

Dual diagnosis refers to a person who has been diagnosed with both a mental health condition and a substance misuse problem.

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