Mental Health Awareness: ADHD

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and describes a condition which affects behaviour. Sufferers can be restless and struggle to focus or concentrate.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHDADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, but more recently cases of adults being diagnosed have been known.

The symptoms of ADHD can be distressing, especially if you haven’t yet been diagnosed. It’s common to experience secondary mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety as a result of this.

The causes of ADHD aren’t fully known but it is known to be affected by brain chemistry and likely genetics too. It’s important to get support as a sufferer and treatment can include medication and/or therapy for children and adults.

Check out this article by the Mental Health Foundation to find out more about ADHD. And as always don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Rainbow for support – perhaps you are a sufferer or you may be affected by ADHD in another way e.g. as a parent or friend of a sufferer. It’s important to know you are supported too!

Mental Health Awareness: Panic Attacks

Mental Health Awareness: Panic Attacks

We stumbled across this great article at the Counselling Directory and thought it was worth sharing as it describes panic attacks so well, including what happens in the brain.

Mental Health Awareness: Panic AttacksMany people suffer from panic attacks, and the experience can be more intense than generalised anxiety, the article describes them as an ‘explosion of anxiety’. Most attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes, though they can go on for longer.

It’s important to note that some symptoms of panic attacks can be similar to those such as a heart attack so it’s important to get help and seek appropriate medical advice.

Various tips and techniques are included for things that may help. These include relaxation, breathing techniques and carrying around something that might help to calm, focus and ground you when a panic attack arises.

For more info visit the Counselling Directory article >

Please contact Rainbow Counselling to access further support.

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stress

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stress

BACP member Michelle Seabrook explores how the unrelenting uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its impact on workplace pressures has led to high levels of burnout amongst workers.

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stressIn the article Michelle looks at how this ‘recipe’ for stress has been escalated by remote working, sometimes increased workloads and no sense of when it will end. She argues that stress can often be coped with better when it has a defined end-point. The pandemic has impacted the whole of our lives, not just our work, but that this in turn is something that can impact our ability to cope with work, be that in a paid role or as a student or homemaker.

Check out the article here for a further exploration of the topic.

Please contact Rainbow Counselling to access further support.

Nature and Wellbeing

Nature and Wellbeing

Continuing with the theme of nature and wellbeing we explore a series of vlogs and blogs from BACP members on how being outdoors can support our mental health.

The sun shining through the trees

As a chilly May gives way to a sunny June, and as lockdown restrictions begin to lift, now is a great time to get outdoors.

Check out this link to some fantastic articles and videos on topics ranging from being around plants, the power of being in the garden, movement and nature to keeping in sync with the changing seasons.

Remember that Rainbow counsellors are still right here to help during these challenging times. Contact us >

Mental Health Awareness: Self harm

Mental Health Awareness: Self harm

Self harm can often be confused by some with suicidal ideation but although for some individuals there is some crossover, for others self harm is an entirely different thing to wanting to end your life.

Mental Health Awareness: Self harmSome people experience self harm as a way to express overwhelming thoughts and feelings where these are hard to put into words, almost as though the pain is being transferred from emotional to physical pain. For some it is linked to feelings of low self-esteem, for others perhaps it may be a response to trauma for example. But the thoughts and feelings behind self harm are unique to the individual just as different methods of self-harm are varied. Cutting yourself for example is often associated with self harm but more subtle forms of harming your body, such as deliberately getting into fights, may also find their roots in a desire to self harm.

Mind’s website offers some excellent tips for help for self harm including looking at triggers and distraction techniques. Check these out here, and don’t forget that talking about your thoughts and feelings regarding self harm can be incredibly liberating and help to diffuse a sense of shame that can be associated with them. Please feel free to contact Rainbow today if this is something that may be affecting you.

Read more on this related topic from Young Minds Info:
Info about Self Harm Awareness Day and how to get help >

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