Mental health conditions

One in four adults will experience a mental health problem in any one year and one in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem in their life time. Statistically, this means you or someone you know will experience a mental health condition at some point in your life.

While mental health conditions are widespread, severe cases are generally concentrated among a relatively small proportion of people and some of these will experience more than one condition at a time.

Most people feel uncomfortable talking about their mental health condition and this isn't surprising, considering nine out of 10 people with mental health problems still experience stigma and discrimination.

The most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions in the UK are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders

In this section we have pulled together some of these condtions to help explain to you what they are, the symptoms, treatments and any other useful information.

We have created these pages to help answer questions and create more understanding for the person experiencing the condition as well as carers, families and friends.


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