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Mental Health is a huge issue – with more people suffering with mental health-related conditions than ever before. Here at UniEel, our site is predominantly aimed at University students. In the last few years, it has been near-impossible to escape the stories about students struggling with mental health conditions. The current state of the higher education system and related pressures – such as a competitive … Continue reading Welcome to Get Going!

Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by paranoia and a long-standing suspiciousness and mistrust of others. The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Paranoid Personality Disorder are typically very sensitive to criticism, believe they are in danger and often withdraw socially. This article provides a general look at this disorder.     A person … Continue reading Paranoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a lack of interest in social relationships, a proclivity for solitary activities, secretiveness, emotional coldness and apathy. The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Schizoid Personality Disorder will also usually have a rich fantasy world. The disorder is separate to Schizophrenia, though the two do … Continue reading Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Schizotypal Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by extreme social anxiety, disturbed thoughts, paranoia, and sometimes elements of Psychosis and subsequent unconventional beliefs.The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Schizotypal Personality Disorder rarely engage with others, mainly because they think others have negative feelings towards them – causing them to avoid them. Individuals … Continue reading Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a long term pattern of disregard of others, a history of crime, impulsive and aggressive behaviour. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. Antisocial personality disorder is often associated with psychopathy and sociopathy – with an overlap exhibited. This article provides a general look at this … Continue reading Antisocial Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by unstable relationships with others, unstable emotions, dangerous behaviour, self-harm and an intense fear of abandonment. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Borderline Personality Disorder also often suffer from substance abuse or Depression, and there are some worrying suicide statistics when it comes to … Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a long-term pattern of excessive attention–seeking, inappropriately seductive behaviour and a constant need for approval. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Histrionic Personality Disorder are typically very lively, dramatic and flirtatious. This article provides a general look at this disorder.     A person with … Continue reading Histrionic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an exaggerated feeling of self-importance, obsession with power, a pervasive need for admiration and complements, alongside exhibiting a lack of empathy. People with the disorder often focus extensively on their appearance and take advantage of others. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. This article provides … Continue reading Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive and long-lasting pattern of focusing on orderliness, perfectionism, control, planning and excessive attention to detail. These concerns cause problems in openness to experience, efficiency and sometimes, relationships. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. While this disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder share some traits, they … Continue reading Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive dependence on other people. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Avoidant Personality Disorder suffer from severe social anxiety, excessive sensitivity to negative comments and avoid social contact due to a fear of being ridiculed or disliked, despite exhibiting a desire for intimacy. … Continue reading Avoidant Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive dependence on other people. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Dependent Personality Disorder typically don’t enjoy independence, and are reliant on other people to fulfil emotional and physical needs. The disorder was once known as Asthenic Personality Disorder. This article provides a … Continue reading Dependent Personality Disorder

Valproate (Depakote or Epilim)

Valproate, known by the brand names Depakote and Epilim, is an anticonvulsant medication which is used as a Mood Stabiliser. Valproate is primarily used to treat epilepsy, however it can also be used for Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders as a second line of treatment if Lithium fails to work. However Valproate is also occasionally used alongside Lithium. Valproate has helped many people control their symptoms. Valproate is … Continue reading Valproate (Depakote or Epilim)

Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

Lamotrigine, known by the brand name Lamictal, is an anticonvulsant medication which is used as a Mood Stabiliser. Lamotrigine is mainly used to treat epilepsy, however it can also be used for Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders. Lamotrigine is often used for more milder types of Bipolar Disorder, especially if Lithium has failed to improve symptoms. Lamotrigine has helped many people control their symptoms. Lamotrigine is only … Continue reading Lamotrigine (Lamictal)

Carbamazepine (Tegretol)

Carbamazepine, known by the brand name Tegretol, is an anticonvulsant medication which is used as a Mood Stabiliser. Carbamazepine is mainly used to treat epilepsy, however it can also be used for Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders as a second strand of treatment if Lithium fails to work. Carbamazepine has helped many people control their symptoms. Carbamazepine is only available on prescription, and is available in both … Continue reading Carbamazepine (Tegretol)

Lithium

Lithium is a natural mineral that occurs in the environment, and is used as a Mood Stabiliser. Lithium is used to treat Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders. Lithium has helped many people control their symptoms. Lithium is only available on prescription, and is available in both tablet and liquid form.     It will take several days or even a few weeks for Lithium to start working. … Continue reading Lithium

Mood Stabilisers

Mood Stabilisers are a type of medication used to treat several mental health conditions. They are mainly used for Bipolar Disorder, however they can also be used for recurring Depression or some Personality Disorders. There are five mood stabilisers used in the United Kingdom – ranging from a natural element to anticonvulsants to an antipsychotic. In this article, we take a look at mood stabilisers in detail. … Continue reading Mood Stabilisers

Risperidone (Risperdal)

Overview: Risperidone, known by the brand name Risperdal, is an antipsychotic of the Atypical class – the most frequently used class of antipsychotics. Risperidone is used to treat Psychosis – including Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder among others. Risperidone has helped many people control their symptoms. Risperidone is only available on prescription.     Key Facts: It will take around four to six weeks for a patient to feel … Continue reading Risperidone (Risperdal)

Asenapine (Sycrest)

Overview: Asenapine, known by the brand name Sycrest, is an antipsychotic of the Atypical class – the most frequently used class of antipsychotics. However, Asenapine is used mainly as a Mood Stabiliser. It is also sometimes used to treat Psychosis – mainly the mania phase of Bipolar Disorder. Asenapine has also been used for Schizophrenia before, though it is not licensed to do so in the United Kingdom. Asenapine has … Continue reading Asenapine (Sycrest)