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Understanding Mental Health Conditions

1 in 4 of us are likely to experience mental health problems each year. This means that even more of us are likely to know and care about someone currently experiencing mental health problems. The most common mental health problems are depression, anxiety, and stress. Depression affects around 1 in 5 people and anxiety around 1 in 10. Another common problem is substance misuse, with 1 in 3 people having troubles with substance addiction at some point in their lives.  Among older people, dementia is the most common mental health problem. Dementia affects around 1 in 20 people aged over 65, and 1 in 5 people aged over 80. Alzheimer’s diseases is the most common form of dementia.

More long-term mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder (or manic depression), are not rare. Around 1 in 100 people will experience schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Here are common medical conditions and treatments explained.  This section is dedicated to information and useful links specifically for service users and carers.  Some of these pages are from the website of the Royal College of Psychiatry.

Mental Health Conditions