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Anxiety is the term used to describe experiences such as chronic fear, tension and panic attacks. Some people have an overwhelming feeling of dread that prevents them getting on with everyday life. Sleepless nights and recurring thoughts are common, as well as nausea, palpitations, dizziness and difficulty in breathing. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem we experience.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) 
This is a way of helping people to cope with stress and emotional difficulties by encouraging them to make the connections between how we think, how we feel, and how we behave. 

Counselling is a talking therapy that usually deals with a recent distressing event. It can last several weeks, or longer, depending on the individual’s needs and response to therapy.

A mental health crisis is a sudden and intense period of severe mental distress.


Depression is one of the most common mental health problems. People who have been diagnosed with clinical depression have a constant feeling of despair and of being weighed down.


Group Therapy
People who share a common problem may be invited to participate using one or more of the other therapeutic styles in a group setting.


Mental health 
Someone’s ability to manage and cope with the stress and challenges of life, and to manage any diagnosed mental health problems as part of leading their normal everyday life.


mild mental health problem is when a person has a small number of symptoms that have a limited effect on their daily life.


moderate mental health problem is when a person has more symptoms that can make their daily life much more difficult than usual.


severe mental health problem is when a person has many symptoms that can make their daily life extremely difficult.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessions, like phobias, are irrational and uncontrollable. And they’re common; between 1 - 3 % of the population seek treatment for obsessions. Obsessions appear like recurring thoughts or ideas, which can be frightening or distressing. Usually they are accompanied by ritual behaviour; for example, someone obsessed with cleanliness may believe their hands are contaminated and wash their hands incessantly. 


A phobia is an irrational and uncontrollable fear of an object or situation that most people can face without anxiety. A person with a phobia has feelings of intense panic when confronted with whatever it is that frightens then and will go to great lengths to avoid the causes of the distress. Examples of phobias are 'fear of flying, of meeting people, claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces and agoraphobia (fear of leaving the security of the home). 

Postnatal Depression
More than 1 in 10 women develop post natal depression, or PND, which may occur any time in the first year after having a baby, but most commonly in the first six months. Women may experience a wide range of symptoms including feeling low and unhappy most of the time, acute anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, tiredness and a loss of enjoyment of desire to do anything. These symptoms may be made worse by feelings of guilt about not being able to cope or look after the baby. See also ‘depression’ and ‘baby blues’.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an illness that can occur after an experience or witnessing of life threatening events, like serious accidents, violent personal assaults or terrorist incidents. People with PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have problems sleeping and feel detached from reality. PTSD is complicated by the fact that it often occurs together with other mental health problems like depression, memory problems and substance misuse.  


Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs)
Will work alongside you to use a proven approach called ‘Guided Self-Help’. This includes setting realistic goals, looking at how you spend your time and how this can impact on your mood, learning new ways to solve difficult problems, and learning how to overcome and face fears. They can also help you learn ways to challenge and overcome negative thinking.


It takes courage to speak out, especially if you are experiencing a mental health problem. Some people find it useful talking to family and friend, or may also think about an independent organization. There are many organizations that offer a range of information and advice as well as treatments and therapies, in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. 

Talking treatments

Talking treatments describe a number of therapies available, including counselling, Cognitive behavioural therapy and self – help.

Have you found a word on the healthy minds website that you are unsure of and think it should be added to the above list? If so email WHCNHS.Communications@nhs.net and we can add it here.