DepressionUsually expressed by the following symptoms: lowered mood and energy, lack of libido and self-esteem, not having life purpose or intentions, absence of appetite and disturbed sleep. You feel worthless, hopeless, unmotivated and exhausted. When severely depressed you could have difficulties with daily activities and physical health. You may feel like you are trapped in a vicious cycle, because the worse you feel the more you blame yourself and more depressing thoughts are generated. Often people become depressed after a life experience such as: failure in work or relationship, someone’s death, separation with a loved one, and childbirth. You could experience anxiety and other different somatic (physical) problems during depression. More about depression
AnxietyAnxiety can often be characterised by constant worry without realistic reasons in everyday life, or waiting for something bad to happen. It is usually followed by body tension, restlessness, and sleeping problems. Anxiety can be felt physically in the body as well, with symptoms such as; heart palpitations, stomachaches, and feeling heavy and/or shaky. Anxiety disorders have many forms and faces, as well as different forms of expression, from mild symptoms all the way up to panic attacks. It can be associated with phobias and sometimes obsessive-compulsive disorder. More about anxiety
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)There are two main forms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: you can suffer from both obsessions and compulsions, or just one of either. Obsessions are annoying, unwelcome thoughts, ideas or urges that repeatedly appear in your mind. For example: thinking that somebody could die, or that you could have been contaminated by dirt or germs. Compulsions are repetitive activities you have to do against your will, such as: washing hands, checking if a door is locked etc.
PhobiasA phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation the affected person will go to great lengths to avoid, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed. If the feared object or situation cannot be avoided entirely, the affected person will endure it with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.
Bipolar disorderUsually presented by swings in mood or energy. Manic mood swings containing an overload of thoughts, emotions or energy, as well as impaired concentration and attention. Other symptoms include the urge to start many activities and disturbed attempts to finish work or plan things more accurately. Other times you could become very depressed. There are different forms of bipolar disorder, according to the observed mood severity and frequency of swings.
SchizophreniaCollection of symptoms presented with disturbed and confused thoughts, emotions, perceptions and will. Hearing voices, seeing things that other people don’t share can also be observed as symptoms. Because of this you may feel different, confused and withdrawn.
Personality disordersHaving a personality disorder means you struggle to adapt to life challenges or every day requirements as your patterns of thinking, emotions, attitudes and behaviours are limited in some range. After becoming an adult, your personality features don’t change much, yet they do develop as everyone goes through a different experience in life.
Eating disordersThe most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, bingeing and compulsive eating. If you have an eating disorder you pay too much attention to your weight and eating by limiting the quantity of food you consume, even when you are very hungry. You may also eat constantly or binge. Usually such behaviour has deeper psychiatricreasoning and could develop as a means for coping with emotional pain.