Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health - Identifying the Signs of Illness

Mental Health Conditions: Symptoms and Treatments

At iGP, we want to tailor our counselling services to your specific needs. Choose a mental health condition below for information on the symptoms and potential treatments available.

Our BACBP-qualified counsellors can help you to recover from a range of mental health conditions. But the first step is identifying the problem. The counselling you need starts with a diagnosis.

Addiction

If you're suffering from an addiction - or you're worried that you might be - you can get counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy to help you recover.

Contact iGP for an appointment. Or if you're not sure that your symptoms are a result of addiction, read on.

What Is Addiction?

You may have an addiction if you've lost control over actions you know to be harmful to you - and those around you. Whether you're addicted to alcohol, gambling, drugs, sex or smoking, you can get the help you need by signing up to the counselling services at iGP.

How Do You Know it's Time to Seek Help?

You suffer from mental anguish and/or physical symptoms when you're not able to perform the action to which you're addicted.

You have an inherent and constant desire to engage in the inappropriate behaviour

You don't have the will to stop yourself from performing the harmful actions that define your addiction, ie. drinking alcohol or gambling.

Anxiety

Suffering from anxiety? Help is at hand with private counselling services from iGP. Book an initial consultation today, or read on for more information about your symptoms.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of being overwhelmed, nervous, worried or uneasy - often in the face of the most mundane, everyday experiences or situations. A lot of people in Wales and across the UK suffer from generalised anxiety disorder, which is a condition that involves worrying about potential occurrences and things that might happen.

The Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Feeling restless or on edge

  • Excessive tiredness

  • Concentration problems

  • Mood swings

  • Physical tension in the muscles

  • Racing thoughts

  • Sleep problems - insomnia and oversleeping are both potential symptoms

  • Bipolar Affective Disorder

    Suffering from the extreme highs of manic periods and the extreme lows of depressive periods can take a huge toll on the wellbeing of the sufferer and those around them.

    Whether you have bipolar affective disorder or you suspect you have some of the symptoms, the CBT therapists and counsellors at iGP can help. Get in touch to discuss your symptoms with a trained and sympathetic private clinician.

    What Is Bipolar Disorder

    Referred to as manic depression for many years, bipolar disorder is a condition that involves extreme mood swings. The highs can last for hours, days or weeks, as can the crashing lows (depression). Experiencing both of these mental states for long periods can affect your judgment, decisions and behaviour.

    The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (Highs)

  • A feeling of boundless energy

  • Enhanced creativity - or at least the feeling of it

  • Feelings of euphoria

  • Extreme hubris or a feeling of invincibility

  • The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (Lows)

  • Feeling sad, empty or excessively depressed

  • A general loss of interest

  • Sleeping too much or insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Concentration problems

  • Eating problems with weight loss or weight gain

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that leaves you feeling excessively tired and fatigued for long periods. While more research is needed on the condition, it's believed to be linked to mental health issues or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

    If you've been diagnosed with the condition, or if you notice any of the CFS symptoms below in yourself, contact iGP for an assessment with trained counsellors or CBT therapists.

    What Is CFS?

    CFE is a long-term condition that leads to feelings of extreme fatigue and tiredness.

    The Symptoms of CFS and ME

  • Extreme tireness and fatique

  • Headaches

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Heart palpitations

  • Some people report flu-like symptoms

  • Depression

    Suffering from depression. It's important to reach out for help, as counselling and CBT can alleviate your symptoms.

    Whether you've already been diagnosed with depression or you've identified some of the symptoms in yourself, contact iGP today to book your first counselling session.

    What Is Depression?

    Depression is a mental health condition that causes the sufferer to feel sad, low or worthless for long periods. While most people will feel sad or low from time to time, depression sufferers can experience these feelings consistently for several years.

    The Symptoms of Depression

  • Prolonged periods of feeling sad

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Low self-esteem

  • Feeling guilty

  • Irritability

  • A profound lack of motivation

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are still taboo subjects for many. But it's important to understand that you're not alone. Through counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy with iGP, you can address the root causes of your eating problems. Call us today to book your first counselling session.

    What Is an Eating Disorder?

    An eating disorder is an obsessive and unhealthy relationship with food or eating habits. Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common types of eating disorder and involves consistent and severe reductions in food consumption in order to maximise weight loss.

    Bulimia nervosa involves the use of physical interventions in order to reduce calorie consumption and lose weight. The physical interventions used include diuretics, laxatives, excessive exercising and forced vomiting.

    What Are the Symptoms of Eating Disorders?

  • Fatigue

  • Fast and excessive weight loss

  • Digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhoea

  • Insomnia

  • Hair loss

  • Dry skin

  • Note: If you're worried about someone you care about, look for the telltale signs of an eating disorder, which include binge-eating, skipping meals, smelling like vomit, guilt related to weight or eating habits and the sudden appearance of laxatives.

    OCD

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental health condition that leaves people isolated, afraid to socialise and afraid. Thankfully, CBT and counselling can both help people to recover from OCD without the need for medication. If you have OCD or believe you have some of the symptoms, call iGP today to discuss a personalised therapy plan.

    What Is OCD?

    OCD is a disorder related to anxiety. Sufferers experience intrusive thoughts that cause serious distress. One way they attempt to control such thoughts is to perform repetitive actions and demonstrate compulsive behaviours.

    The Symptoms of OCD

  • Fear of germs, dirt etc.

  • Self-doubt and an inability to countenance certainty

  • The need to have everything in its place

  • Dark thoughts about losing control and/or hurting others

  • Unwanted thoughts

  • Panic Attacks

    Panic attacks can leave you isolated and in a constant state of worry. And there are significant physical symptoms to deal with, too. If you have panic attacks, contact iGP today to arrange the counselling you need to overcome this debilitating condition. If you're not sure, read on.

    What Are Panic Attacks?

    A panic attack is an acute attack of anxiety and a feeling of impending doom. As well as mental anguish, a panic attack leads to a range of physical symptoms that can exacerbate the sufferer's anxiety further.

    The Symptoms of a Panic Attack

  • Palpitations

  • Quick breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweating

  • Pins and needles

  • Shaking

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Chest pains

  • Phobias

    Living with a phobia can stop you from doing many of the things that make you happy. But there is help at hand from the counselling specialists and CBT therapists at iGP. Contact us today to discuss your symptoms and arrange your first counselling session.

    What Is a Phobia?

    A phobia is an irrational fear of a situation, animal or object. Even the thought of a trigger can cause severe anxiety and physical symptoms - which can have profound effects on the sufferer's social, personal and work life. Among the most common phobia triggers are spiders, flying, birds, enclosed spaces and outdoor spaces.

    The Symptoms of a Phobia

  • Heart palpitations

  • Sweating

  • Breathlessness

  • Dizziness

  • Severe anxiety

  • Uncontrollable negative thoughts

  • Postnatal and Postpartum Depression

    Having a baby is a joyful experience for the vast majority of mothers. But for a few, the various changes in the body's hormone levels combined with the stress of raising a newborn can cause postnatal depression.

    If you're suffering from this debilitating mental health condition, or you suspect you might be, call iGP for expert counselling. We'll talk you through your options and arrange your first counselling session.

    What Is Postnatal Depression?

    Postnatal depression is a profound sadness or emptiness experienced by mothers during the days and weeks after giving birth. Many women experience the "baby blues", but this condition usually lasts only a few days. Postpartum depression can last for weeks or months.

    The Symptoms of Postnatal Depression

  • A sense of worthlessness

  • Profound sadness

  • Mood swings

  • Severe lethargy

  • Difficulties socialising

  • Concentration problems

  • Dark thoughts

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) isn't something only ex-soldiers experience - it can affect anyone at any time. If you're struggling to deal with the stress, anxiety or depression caused by a traumatic event, you may benefit from private counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy.

    Contact iGP to discuss your symptoms and arrange your first counselling session.

    What Is PTSD?

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that develops following a traumatic or harrowing experience. Sufferers have experienced a life-changing event that leaves a devastating legacy on their mental health. Such experiences include witnessing a death, suffering a serious injury or being attacked.

    The Symptoms of PTSD

  • Mental flashbacks

  • Sleeping problems

  • Chronic depression and/or anxiety

  • You try to avoid situations, objects or people that bring memories of the traumatic event flooding back

  • Oversensitivity to situations that might lead to a similarly traumatic event

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder can leave you feeling down and hopeless for months at a time during the winter. Thankfully, CBT and counselling can help you overcome the symptoms of this surprisingly common mental health condition.

    Contact iGP today to discuss your situation and arrange your first counselling session.

    What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is triggered by the shorter, darker days of winter. A lack of natural sunlight affects the mood-moderating hormones melatonin and serotonin, which has a direct effect on things such as sleeping patterns and appetite.

    The Symptoms of SAD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Over or undereating

  • Concentration problems

  • Mood swings

  • Sleeping problems

  • Sleeping Disorders

    Sleeping disorders can have a profound effect on a sufferer's quality of life. Affecting everything from libido to concentration levels, a lack of sleep can contribute to or exacerbate a wide range of related conditions.

    If you're experiencing sleep issues, counselling or CBT from the experts at iGP can help. Contact us today to discuss your symptoms and arrange your first counselling session.

    What Are the Different Types of Sleeping Disorder?

    A sleeping disorder is any condition that affects the quality, frequency or length of your sleep. Such conditions include insomnia (an inability to sleep), narcolepsy (falling asleep involuntarily at inappropriate times) and sleep paralysis (the inability to move or speak immediately before sleep or after waking up).

    What Are the Symptoms of Sleeping Disorders?

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Waking up frequently through the night

  • An inability to get to sleep at night

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Concentration problems

  • Headaches

  • Excessive eating

  • The exacerbation of underlying health issues

  • Problems with your immune system

  • Stress

    Stress can leave you susceptible to health problems, depressed and anxious. If left untreated, it can have a profound effect on your career, your personal relationships and your overall happiness. Fortunately, counselling and CBT can help you to deal with both the symptoms and the root causes of stress.

    Whether you've been diagnosed with stress or recognise the symptoms in yourself, call iGP today to arrange a private counselling session.

    What Is Stress?

    Stress is the result of the body's reaction to events or your mind's response to them. Stress is a natural response, and it can have a positive effect on your life if it's manageable. But when it's out of control, it can lead to physical and mental symptoms.

    The Symptoms of Stress

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Irritability

  • Feeling worried all the time

  • Anxiety

  • Sleeping problems

  • Overeating

  • Smoking or drinking more than usual

  • Stress-Related Habits

    The trouble with stress is you don't always know you have it. In fact, some people live with the effects of stress for years without realising it. As well as the condition's main symptoms, there are a few habits that develop when stress isn't diagnosed and tackled. Fortunately, these habits can be stopped with CBT or counselling.

    If you're demonstrating any of the stress-related habits below, call iGP today for an initial discussion and to arrange your first counselling session.

    What Are Stress-Related Habits?

  • Hair-eating

  • Nail-biting

  • Skin-picking

  • Trichotillomania (an urge to pull out your own hair)

  • The consequences of these bad habits, for most people, are social in nature. But for people with long-term, serious habits, health problems such as infections and psoriasis can develop.

    If you have one or more of these habits, you probably exhibit the behaviour without realising it. And the more stressed you get, the more your bad habit arises. Dealing with the root cause, as well as the subconscious urge involved, can rid you of your habit for good.

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