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'How I help improve student mental health'

University students undergo big transitions, which can affect their mental health. Dr Luke Jefferies describes his work as a mental health adviser helping students through these difficulties. "In the 65 years since the NHS was founded, attitudes to mental health, including student mental health, have dramatically changed,"…

Addiction

Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…

ADHD

ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and might become more obvious when your child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. The symptoms, usually noticed before…

Alcohol misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about: half a pint of normal-strength lager a single measure (25ml) of spirits A small glass (125ml) of wine…

Allergies

An allergy is the body’s hypersensitive reaction to a particular food or substance. Allergies are thought to affect more than one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives. They’re particularly common in children. Some allergies go away as a child gets…

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to…

Anxiety about health

Most of us worry about our health from time to time, and some of us have to manage serious medical conditions. But for some people, health worries become overwhelming and a problem in itself. Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is excessive worrying about your health, to…

Asperger syndrome

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be…

Asthma 11-19 years old

The main symptoms of asthma are: Wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing) Breathlessness Tight chest – a feeling like a band is tightening around it  Coughing Your GP will be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple breathing tests. …

Autism - Embrace Autism because....

It is a part of the lives of many families.  Whether that is having a child with autism, a partner, family member, friend or colleague.  You may have autism yourself.  People with autism have many positive qualities and given the right opportunities, the environment and support…
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