How common are specific problems?
Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems. It was last published in 2016 and reported these figures:
Generalised anxiety disorder 5.9 in 100 people
Depression 3.3 in 100 people
Phobias 2.4 in 100 people
OCD 1.3 in 100 people
Panic disorder 0.6 in 100 people
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4.4 in 100 people
Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in 100 people
Estimates for bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder and personality disorders are usually measured over a person's lifetime, rather than each year. Estimates for the number of people with these diagnoses can vary quite a lot but the most recent reported findings are:
Psychotic disorder 0.7 in 100 people*
Bipolar disorder 2.0 in 100 people
Antisocial personality disorder 3.3 in 100 people
Borderline personality disorder 2.4 in 100 people
It is estimated that in any given year 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness.
CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is an evidenced based talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and psychological.
CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention: focussed, with purpose, staying in the present moment and withholding all judgment.
Mindfulness helps us to focus and see clearly whatever is going on in our lives at any given point. This awareness can then help to have a greater degree of clarity over how we respond.