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There are many reasons that we might need professional support for our mental health. Some difficulties can be helped with self-care and lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and finding meaningful hobbies and good relationships.  We hope that welldoing.org as a whole provides you with a range of information, ideas and approaches that may help in this regard. 

However, sometimes feelings of anxiety, or depression, or stress are long-lasting and difficult to tackle 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. 


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


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


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


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


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


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

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