General Adult Services


Depression is a word often used in everyday conversation. However, this is most often used to mean ‘a bit down or upset’. However, clinical depression is very different. This not a case where someone can make themselves feel better by trying harder or ‘just pulling themselves together’.

Depression, in the clinical and medical sense, is a mental health condition in which people feel low in mood, do not enjoy doing things and tired and low in energy most of the time and this continues for weeks. It might be difficult to motivate themselves, concentrate, sleep or eat normally. They may lose interests in normal hobbies and activities, work may be affected as well as personal relationships, for example, losing libido. Sometimes negative thoughts may be present, such as ‘life is not worth living’ or even suicidal thoughts.

This needs treatment and can be helped greatly by a variety of methods, including psychological therapies and medication.

Anxiety and Stress

Stress is probably one of the most common words people use when they describe themselves as not feeling mentally well. This may vary between a temporary stress, such as a project that needs completing, or a much more longer lasting stress. Stress can occur at mild to severe levels. However, medically speaking there is no such diagnosis as ‘stress’.

Stress may be causing or may indeed be caused by a wide variety of underlying mental health conditions, for example, ranging from depression, alcohol abuse, schizophrenia and anxiety. To get to the underlying reason for stress and what kind of effect this is having on the person, a doctor with expertise in this area, usually a psychiatrist can be a great help.

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. Although everyone experiences anxiety when taking exams, for example. Anxiety becomes a mental health issue when it occurs almost all the time, or affects the social, professional and personal life of the affected individual. Anxiety is often associated with depression and many other mental health conditions.

Anxiety encompasses a wide range of possible diagnoses, for example, not liking crowded places, panic attacks, avoiding speaking in public, leaving the house only when necessary are examples of disorders that are on the anxiety spectrum. However, other problems are also related to anxiety, for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Phobias and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Anxiety can be a very unpleasant condition. It can cause psychological anxiety and discomfort; however, anxiety often has physical effects. These effects can be symptoms such as nausea, racing heartbeat, breathing fast, feeling faint, feeling sweaty and clammy, amongst others. This can be very disabling and have a great effect on peoples’ working, personal and social lives. However, a specialist psychiatrist can help diagnose the exact cause and offer a variety of methods to help improve this condition. Often when the underlying cause has been treated the effects of improving the anxiety can be life changing.


Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that people are recognising more and more, including adults. Adult ADHD has at its core a combination of problems, such as difficulty paying attention, excessive movements and actvitiyand impulsive behavior.

Although ADHD starts in childhood, the problems may go unrecognised and not be diagnosed until adulthood. Adult ADHD can be different to childhood ADHD, for example, it can lead to unstable relationships, poor work low self-esteem, and other problems. These can be due to difficulty in paying attention, restlessness and impulsiveness.

Symptoms can decrease with age in adult ADHD; howeversome adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with daily functioning and these can be almost unnoticeable to very severe and disruptive to daily activities and relationships.

It is usual for adults with ADHD to be unaware that they have this condition. Some clues may be things such as seeming disorganised, missing meetings and failure to carry out social plans and an inability to prioritise activities and life. Adults with ADHDcan have problems with relationships due to outbursts of anger or mood swings.

Adult ADHD symptoms may include:

  • Impulsiveness and ‘dashing around’ without thinking things through
  • Disorganisation and seeming ‘scatty’
  • Poor time management skills
  • Problems focusing on a task
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Poor ability to prioritise
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Mood swings
  • Problems following through and completing tasks
  • Getting angry quickly
  • Inability to cope with stress

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