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  Mental Health
What is mental illness?
How do mental illnesses start?
Anxiety and panic attacks
Phobias
Depression and manic depression
Schizophrenia
What are the ways to help mental illness?
How can I get help?

 
What are the ways to help mental illness?

Talking treatments
This usually includes counselling and talking about the bad things that have happened in someone's life.

Cognitive therapy helps people overcome depression or phobias and other personal problems.

Medicines
There are a variety of drugs that are often used to treat mental illnesses. Different types of medicine can be used to help someone calm down, help them sleep, lift depression, or control disturbing thoughts.

Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)
This is a controversial medical treatment for severe mental illness.

It involves passing electricity through the brain under anaesthetic, to produce a seizure (similar to having a fit).

ECT can cause unwanted side effects in some people, including:

  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • headaches
  • feeling sick

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