Self-harm, also known as self-injury, is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, usually done without the intent of suicide. Self harm has a stigma attached to it, with non-suffers often assuming the only reason for this behaviour is to garner ‘attention’. However, this behaviour is often routed in psychological suffering and provides … Continue reading Why do People Self-Harm?
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by attempts to lose weight, to the point of starvation. Anorexia nervosa, often referred to simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder that is also characterized by low weight, fear of gaining weight, and a strong desire to be thin, resulting in food restriction. Many people with anorexia see themselves … Continue reading What is Anorexia?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. It has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. Most people with OCD fall into one of the following categories: Washers are afraid of contamination. They usually have cleaning or hand-washing compulsions. Checkers repeatedly … Continue reading What is OCD?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder characterised by problems with social interaction, communication and behaviour. Autism occurs along a spectrum as autism affects individuals in different ways and each person requires differing levels of support. Autism affects around 1 in 100 people and appears to affect more men than women. Characteristics: Behavioural: Special interests … Continue reading What is Autism?