Mental Health Conditions

Below is a brief description of the different types of mental health problems and common symptoms associated with each of these.

Living Consciously has many years of clinical experience in treating the following mental health conditions with particular expertise in co-occurring disorders and post traumatic stress disorder.

Drug and Alcohol problems

Up to 30-40 % of people with a substance use disorder also suffers from a mental health problem. Substance misuse often masks underlying mental health disorders. In fact many people use substances as a means to “self medicate” distressing emotions such as anxiety or depression.


Stress is a normal response to events that build up in life. However sometimes stress levels become too high and you can feel a little out of control. Signs and symptoms of stress overload include; moodiness, irritability, feeling overwhelmed, sleep disturbance, fatigue and anxiety.


Depression is a pervasive feeling of despair and hopelessness. Symptoms of depression include sleep disturbance, poor appetite, weight loss, feeling useless, lack of motivation, fatigue and memory problems.

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a serious condition that is characterised by persistent, excessive worry. Anxiety can be so distressing for some people it may interfere with their ability to function. Anxiety is associated with sleep disturbance, inability to stop the worry, avoiding anxiety provoking situations, poor appetite and weight.

Anxiety disorders may manifest as;

  • panic attacks
  • phobias eg. agoraphobia, claustrophobia
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • social anxiety

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Is a set of symptoms that may occur after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic or life threatening event such as being involved in an accident, assault, sexual or physical abuse, combat or a natural disaster. Symptoms include intrusive memories or thoughts about the traumatic event, extreme feelings of fear, not feeling safe, being on the lookout for peceived danger, avoiding situations or emotions that remind you of the trauma in some way. Other symptoms include sleep disturbance, poor appetite, irritability and sometimes depression.

  • Grief
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar affective disorder

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