Types of problems

Learning a few things about mental health problems might help you to feel more confident about talking and listening. 

This is not an exhaustive list. But you can find out more about symptoms and treatments by clicking on the links, or by visiting the websites of our partners Rethink Mental Illness and Mind.  


Anxiety disorders happen when someone has feelings of anxiety that are very strong or last for a long time. Find out more about anxiety disorders and read blogs about anxiety.


Bipolar disorder is characterised by the experience of swings between low mood and high, manic mood, usually with more normal phases in between. Find out more about bipolar disorder and read blogs and personal stories.


Depression is characterised by the persistence of feelings of sadness or misery. Find out more about depression and read blogs and personal stories.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders can occur when someone has a relationship with food that they find difficult. Find out more about eating disorders and read blogs and personal stories.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where unwanted thoughts, urges and repetitive activities become an obstacle to living life as someone wants to. Find out more about obsessive-compulsive disorder and read personal stories.

Personality disorders

Someone might have a personality disorder if their personality traits cause regular, long-term problems in the way they cope with life. Find out more about personality disorders and read personal stories.


Schizophrenia is a mental illness that occurs when the parts of the brain that are responsible for emotion and sensation stop working properly.  Find out more about schizophrenia and read personal stories.

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