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Abuse can mean a lot of different things such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect. It is not always easy to recognise if you or someone you know is being abused. Remember, no one has the right to hurt you or do anything that feels wrong.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The 3 main symptoms are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It does not mean you are naughty. We do know that there are differences in the brains of people with ADHD.
Autism means you have a particular way of seeing the world that is more complicated and interesting than most. It also means you have difficulties understanding other people and they may also find it difficult to understand you.
Anxiety is when you have worries, concerns, uncertainties, tension or feelings of fear. It is the body's natural reaction to a situation or something scary or difficult. However sometimes anxiety can be overpowering.
Bereavement is used to describe losing someone through death. It can refer to anyone important to you. The feelings we experience at that time can be called grief. Everyone experiences grief differently, there is no correct way to feel.
This is what you think about your own body and how you feel about the way you look. Some people are happy with how they look and some people are not. When worrying about the way you look is all you can think about, then it's a problem.
Bullying can mean being called names, teased, being pushed about, having rumours spread about you, being ignored or left out, being physically hurt, being threatened or intimidated. Cyber bullying means using IT to deliberately upset someone.
We all feel fed up, miserable or sad at times. These feelings are normal, but sometimes they can lead to depression if they persist. Depression is an illness with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. it can affect anyone, at any age.
There are many different styles or habits, but there are some driven by an intense fear or becoming overweight, or trying to gain control. Both can be damaging to your health.
It's normal for family members not to get along with each other sometimes, but sometimes there might be issues that might worry you. For example, arguments with or between parents/step-parents or siblings, problems with alcohol or money worries.
We all have the right to feel safe all the time. It something or something makes you feel unsafe, scared or uncomfortable it is important you listen to our feelings and talk to a trusted adult. There is nothing so awful or small that someone won't listen.
Going from sadness to anger to joy in a matter of minutes can make you feel as though you're losing control. Being on an emotional roller coaster is common with young people due to constant change and pressures.
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; it is an anxiety disorder. The main symptoms are obsessions, which are intrusive, repetitive and unwanted, and compulsions, which are usually rituals usually done to reduce anxiety or guilt.
A large proportion of young people experience life in a single parent family. Feelings such as anger, frustration, sadness, guilt or shame may be experienced by young people in this situation.
Psychosis describes a condition that makes people see, hear or believe things that other people don't experience or share. A person suffering from a psychotic illness becomes out of touch with everyday reality.
Self-harm is known as self-injury. It is when someone harms their body without wanting to die. However, some people who harm themselves may also have suicidal thoughts. People who self-harm may not be aware of why they do it.
Questioning your sexuality and be tough and it may make you feel depressed or anxious or it may lower your self-confidence and self-esteem. You may feel isolated or trapped because you are worried about how people will react.
When people don't get enough sleep it can cause problems. Teenagers should try to get 9-10 hours of sleep a night, and adults should try for 7-8 hours. Different sleep disorders are treated differently; for example using CBT or relaxation.
People use all sorts of substances, both legal and illegal. Illegal drugs are: cannabis, speed, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin. Legal substances that can be harmful or addictive include: cigarettes, alcohol, glue, petrol, aerosols and prescribed medication.
Tourette syndrome causes you to make unwanted movements or noises; these can also be called Tics. You may have several tics that occur such as nodding, blinking or coughing. Your Tics may come and go or they may change over time.
Part of being a good friend is helping your friends when they are having problems. If you are worried about someone it can help to talk about it. Telling someone about your friend if you are worried about them, does not make you a grass or snitch.