There are many reasons why you might feel you need help, or want to make changes in your life. Some can be dealt with or improved through self help measures or by adopting lifestyle changes such as changes to diet, incorporating exercise, finding activities or hobbies that help you to relax or nourish you on a deeper level, and more. We hope that welldoing as a whole provides you with a range of information, ideas and approaches that may help in this regard.

However, not all of life's issues or problems can be dealt with through lifestyle changes alone. For those problems that require more support or assistance, therapy could be a benefit. A recent survey found that more than half of all people in the UK have either seen or know somebody who has seen a therapist and this number is growing as people realise the help that therapy can offer.

We have compiled a list of common concerns and disorders that therapists regularly work with. The information for each has been approved by a member of the welldoing.org directory; their names are listed below. 

Addiction

A person can be physically addicted to drugs and alcohol, but there are emotional addictions too


Anger

If anger is causing real problems in relationships, talking about it can help


Anxiety

Anxiety is an increasing problem, more common in women than men


Being a carer

Caring for a loved one can be immensely complicated, and a person who acts as a carer might need support


Bereavement

The loss of a loved one is a major life event and one that can benefit from seeking help


Bipolar disorder

A person with bipolar disorder (which used to be called manic depression) experience extreme mood changes


Body dysmorphic disorder

A person with body dysmorphia will be distressed by a particular part of their body, severely affecting their daily life


Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome causes extreme mental and physical exhaustion


Chronic pain

Chronic pain often has a significant impact on mental and emotional wellbeing


Cultural identity issues

Cultural identity issues include difficulties surrounding race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability


Dementia

Dementia is a disease that affects a person's ability to function as before


Depression

People with depression have a wide range of troubling emotions and physical effects


Dissociation

Dissociation is characterised by a sense of disconnect between your self and reality


Domestic violence

Domestic violence can take the form of physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse


Eating disorders

Anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating are types of eating disorders which can be treated with therapy



The welldoing.org directory therapists and counsellors who approved this resource material are: Nicole Addis, Julia Bueno, Peter Cockersell, Sue Cowan Jenssen, Monika Dedus, Harriet Frew, Patricia Grey, Steve Harland, Rebecca Harris, Hugh Hetherington, Christina Moutsou, Linda Newbold, Camilla Nicholls, Tamar Posner, Owen Redahan, Anna Storey, David Taylor, Carolyn Watts, Jake Yeardsley, Gilead Yeffett, Sarah McGuinness, Frances Weston, Sally Potter, Nicole Scott