Mental Health

What is the Adoption Support Fund?

What is the Adoption Support Fund?

Children who are looked after by the Local Authority are more likely to have mental health problems compared to children who are not.  To support parents who adopt children with mental health difficulties the Adoption Support Fund was created.  To date it has provided over 10,000 families with £38m of agreed therapeutic funding, but what is it and how does it work? 

Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological Demand Avoidance

Recently we have been asked by a number of parents if we can assess and diagnose Pathological Demand Avoidance or PDA.  We thought, given the clear rise in the attention it is receiving we should explain what it is and how it can be assessed and diagnosed.

What are Relationship Difficulties?

What are Relationship Difficulties?

As humans, we are very social, with relationships being central to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Throughout our lives we are involved in many relationships, some of which we view as rewarding and positive and some that are less so.  We can at times find difficulty in our connections with others especially with those we care most about and these close personal relationships begin to breakdown.

What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

It is usual for people to feel anxious when they are about to embark on something that is frightening or is important to them, like a job interview or an exam. In most cases, we are aware of the causes of anxiety and manage to control its effects - utilising its benefits to our advantage. At other times, however, people feel anxious for little or no reason and have little or no control over the symptoms.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typified by an individual feeling high levels of anxiety following a particularly traumatic or distressing event.  The onset of this anxiety state may happen immediately after the event or may be delayed until sometime later in life. In some cases the negative thoughts around these events may lie dormant for many years until they are triggered and resurface.

What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Depression is a term that is often wrongly used in everyday language to describe when someone is feeling sad or little down. In clinical terms Depression is a severe and persistent lowering of mood, lasting weeks rather than days, that significantly affects a person’s day to day life. Depression can be suffered by anyone and at any stage of their life.