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  • Dementia :: Mental Health Issues :: Signpost UK
    The term dementia is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions These include Alzheimer s disease and sometimes occur as a result of a stroke Dementia is progressive which means the symptoms will gradually get worse How fast dementia progresses will depend on the individual Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way Symptoms of dementia These include Loss of memory for example forgetting the way home from the shops or being unable to remember names and places or what happened earlier the same day Mood changes particularly as parts of the brain that control emotion are affected by disease People with dementia may also feel sad frightened or angry about what is happening to them Communication problems a decline in the ability to talk read and write In the later stages of dementia the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and will become increasingly dependent on other people Alzheimer s Society The Alzheimer s Society provides information and support for people with dementia and those that support them Alzheimer s Society National Dementia Helpline 0845 300 0336 Dementia Web Kent and Medway

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-issues/dementia (2016-02-16)
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  • Depression :: Mental Health Issues :: Signpost UK
    wanting to eat or eating too much aches and pains that cannot be explained energy levels e g feeling tired and drained or feeling restless and unable to relax Moods emotions and feelings feeling sad and in low spirits feeling more irritable than usual feeling numb and emotionless crying a lot or feeling unable to cry even though you want to feeling anxious and worried feeling worthless and lacking in confidence feeling negative about the future feeling that life is not worth living feeling suicidal I felt so unbearably sad that even getting out of bed seemed too difficult and absolutely pointless Screening tools There are a number of questionnaires which have been designed to help people decide whether or not they have depression These are available on the internet free of charge They will not confirm if you have a diagnosis of depression Some people find it helpful to work through these questionnaires when considering their own symptoms before going to see their GP for example What should I do if I think I have depression If you have had feelings of sadness which have not gone away and are interfering with your daily life it may be a sign that you are feeling depressed In the first instance you could go and see your GP You may want to tell him or her how you have been feeling and what impact this is having on your life and those around you Why can t I just pull myself together It is important to remember that depression is an illness It is not a sign of weakness or failure and you cannot be expected to just snap out of it People should not be made to feel ashamed Depression can be treated if you seek help What can help

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  • Eating disorders :: Mental Health Issues :: Signpost UK
    tell yourself that you are deserving of help You need to go and see your GP first who may weigh you and ask questions about your eating and attitudes to food Sometimes your GP may refer you to another service one where they are skilled in eating disorders and can help you much further Try to be as honest with your GP as you can even when feeling unsure you want to change Sometimes the effects of too little food and severe weight loss can play tricks on the mind or affect your motivation but you can still get support If you have anorexia you may want to look at the NICE guidelines about what help you can ask for The charity B eat has a helpline you can call message boards on their website and also local self help groups throughout the country They also have a section of the website for young people B eat helpline 0845 634 1414 B eat youthline 0845 634 7650 There are also a number of other websites which provide information on recovery treatment and research The Institute of Psychiatry carries our research into eating disorders The Institute s website has useful information about eating disorders The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has a section about eating disorders with leaflets that can be printed off My story Read one person s personal account of living with anorexia Bulimia While anorexia may cause someone to lose so much weight that other people start to notice bulimia doesn t always have the same impact Some people may have anorexia and bulimia at different times But for others with bulimia their weight will be within a normal range or just above this This form of eating distress shows that weight isn t always a good indicator that there is a problem and that the thinking and habits around food can be dangerous even where it doesn t show up As with anorexia someone with bulimia may feel very preoccupied with food and body size The causes may be complex there can be other problems someone may experience at times such as self harming or acting on impulses Those with bulimia may have periods of bingeing taking in large amounts of food in an uncontrolled way before trying to get rid of this eg inducing vomit using laxatives starving or excessive exercise such as walking or using the gym All of these methods can be damaging as part of this eating disorder Purging vomiting and taking laxatives can disturb blood chemistry electrolyte balance which can affect the heart Being sick also erodes dental enamel so causing teeth loss or sensitivity Using laxatives doesn t result in getting rid of calories but instead you lose minerals they can also have long term consequences on the body bowel function Sometimes it is an attempt to diet that causes the bingeing to happen as the body can t cope with the lack of food so this sets up a vicious

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-issues/eating-disorders (2016-02-16)
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  • Schizophrenia :: Mental Health Issues :: Signpost UK
    about the people I was with It never stopped and it was very frightening I just wanted them to leave me alone What are the signs or symptoms of schizophrenia Schizophrenia affects different people in different ways Doctors divide the symptoms into two groups which they call positive symptoms and negative symptoms Positive symptoms describe the range of unusual experiences people may have such as hearing seeing smelling or feeling things which other people do not hear see smell or feel known as hallucinations having unusual beliefs such as believing you have extraordinary powers or abilities or that you are someone else sometimes an important person like a king or queen known as delusions feeling you are being controlled by others or being spied upon or thoughts are being put into your head These experiences can be very frightening and it can also be very frustrating if no one else believes you because the experiences feel very real Negative symptoms include things like feeling depressed lacking energy and finding it difficult to concentrate Self assessment tools There are a number of questionnaires which have been designed to help people decide whether or not they have problems with their mental health that are available on the internet free of charge There does not seem to be a questionnaire to help you determine if you are experiencing schizophrenia type symptoms available on the internet but a tool is under development by a team at Yale University in America This should be available from April We will provide a link to this questionnaire when it is available What should I do if I think I have schizophrenia In the first instance you could go and see your GP You may want to tell him or her how you have been feeling and what

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-issues/schizophrenia (2016-02-16)
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  • Mental health issues contents list :: Mental Health Issues :: Signpost UK
    Mental health issues contents list Last updated Thursday 28th Jan 2010 A Z list of content in the Mental health issues section Anxiety disorder Advice on help and treatments for anxiety disorders Bipolar disorder Advice on how to recognise and manage bipolar disorder Cyclothymia Information about cyclothymia Dementia Information and sources of help about dementia Depression Advice on how to recognise and manage depression Eating disorders Advice on how to

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  • Books and computers :: Help and Support :: Signpost UK
    that they prefer using a computer rather than talking to a therapist about their private feelings or they use the software as an introduction to undertaking face to face therapy Some people find the programmes are more effective if they work through them with the support of a friend or mental health professional Research has shown that computerised cognitive behavioural therapy or computer aided cognitive behavioural therapy sometimes known as CCBT can help some people as much as face to face therapy It has been shown to help people with anxiety and panic disorders depression obsessive compulsive disorder phobias eg agoraphobia social phobia specific phobia post traumatic stress disorder You can use computers free of charge at libraries across Kent Kent Library Finder Medway Library Finder Online self help programmes are not a substitute for seeking diagnosis and treatment from a qualified person Consider speaking to your GP or a mental health professional if you are experiencing symptoms related to depression anxiety or other mental health issues If you are unsure call the Mental Health Matters Helpline on 0800 107 0160 Free programmes There are three programmes available online free of charge All of them keep your information confidential Living Life to the Full Living Life to the Full is for anyone wanting to learn new life skills anyone who at times feels fed up or low or tense and anxious people who are dissatisfied with how they are and how they live their life people who want to improve their quality of life people wanting to learn how to sleep better people wanting to learn how to relax people who sometimes take tablet medication There is more in our Recovery section about Living Life to the Full e couch e couch provides information about emotional problems what causes them how to prevent them and how to treat them It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better It also provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life It includes information exercises and a workbook to track your progress and record your experiences and toolkits to help you improve your mood and emotional state and tackle challenges that you may be facing The programme was designed and developed by staff at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in collaboration with other researchers mental health experts web and graphic designers and software engineers MoodGYM MoodGYM is an interactive web programme designed to prevent depression It consists of five modules an interactive game anxiety and depression assessments downloadable relaxation audio a workbook and feedback assessment Using flashed diagrams and online exercises MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy CBT It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions and works through dealing with stress and relationship break ups as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques MoodGYM was designed and developed by staff at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in collaboration

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  • Support In The Community :: Help and Support :: Signpost UK
    and abilities your concerns and worries and working with you to identify the areas where you need support This assessment may take place over a number of meetings It will help work out how the community mental health team can best treat and support you Keyworker or Care co ordinator Within the team one person will be assigned to work with you and help make sure you get the help and support you need This person may be known as your keyworker or your care co ordinator They will be the main point of contact within the team for you and for others that are involved in supporting you such as your GP KMPT s website explains that its community mental health teams have a role in assessing your needs with you in relation to any given situation developing a plan with you in response to the needs identified and agreed sharing responsibility with you and others as needed to put the plan in action reviewing the plan with you periodically to see that it is meeting your needs and to agree any changes Care Programme Approach CPA The Care Programme Approach CPA is a way of co ordinating services for people with mental health needs It is a process that community mental health teams follow when supporting people with mental health needs It describes the way they assess needs plan ways to meet these needs and check that these needs are being met The focus of the CPA should be to promote social inclusion and recovery and build confidence by understanding a person s strengths goals and aspirations as well as their needs and difficulties In the past people supported by community health teams were supported under the standard or enhanced levels of CPA This has changed People are now supported under CPA or not There are no longer standard or enhanced levels Some people receive support from community mental health teams but are not regarded as receiving support under CPA KMPT s website states that the process of assessment and care planning will still exist for all users of their services whether they are being supported under CPA or not Treatment and Support Help available may include medication counselling support with employment help with benefits support with physical health issues and linking you up with other people who have had similar experiences and who may be able to provide friendship and understanding Carers If a family member or friend helps care for you they may be able to get support in their role as a carer Your community mental health team should ask you about this Find out more about support for carers link Find your nearest community mental health team Community mental health teams across Kent and Medway are grouped into three areas Eastern and Coastal Kent including Ashford Canterbury Shepway Swale and Thanet Medway including Rainham Gillingham Chatham Rochester and Strood and West Kent including Dartford Gravesham Maidstone Sevenoaks Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells The links below

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  • Support in a crisis :: Help and Support :: Signpost UK
    your name and number Sometimes staff may be speaking with another person but they will call you back as soon as they are available West Kent Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team Priority House Hermitage Lane Maidstone Kent ME16 9PH Tel 01622 725000 Fax 01622 725819 What is the role of the crisis resolution home treatment team If your mental health has worsened you may be referred to a crisis resolution home treatment team for assessment These teams work with GPs community mental health teams police ambulance services accident and emergency departments and others to help people who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health Someone from the team will assess your needs and may recommend hospital treatment Teams work with people to look for alternatives to hospital treatment providing treatment within the person s home if possible If it is felt someone would benefit from hospital care they are involved in arranging for that person s admission to hospital They are also involved in supporting people s discharge from hospital through the provision of treatment at home In Kent and Medway this service is provided by the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust There are five teams operating across Eastern and Coastal Kent Medway and West Kent Teams are available 24 hours a day seven days a week Social services out of hours service Tel 0845 762 6777 calls are charged at local rate from wherever you are calling Minicom 08458 247 905 Kent and Medway Social Services provide an Out of Hours Service which operates after 5pm and before 9am The Out of Hours Service can offer advice support and help to ensure that vulnerable people are not left at risk The following information is taken from the Kent County Council website What does the Out of Hours Service provide A responses to new and urgent social care situations that arise after hours and cannot wait until the next working day Access to Kent and Medway Social Services resources outside normal office hours for those in greatest need A single point of contact by the use of a 0845 local rate number Advice and assistance to service users A service to ensure that vulnerable people who are at risk are made safe until the next working day Who will answer All calls will be taken by a trained customer service advisor who will take details and a brief message You will then be telephoned by a trained Duty Screening Officer or Duty Social Worker depending on the nature and urgency of your call The Duty Screening Officer or Duty Social Worker will call you back as soon as possible We aim to return calls within 30 minutes If you are calling from a public call box you should let the Customer Service Advisor know What sort of problems You can call the Out of Hours Service for many reasons including Keeping vulnerable adults safe who are in need or at risk Severe problems with your

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