ADHD

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children. Someone with ADHD may have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time, and get easily distracted. They may also come across as overactive; being fidgety, finding it hard to sit still, and talking a lot.

Anger / Behavioural difficulties

We all feel angry at times, sometimes we don’t know why. Unexplained anger can be harmful to ourselves and to those around us. It is important that you learn how to do deal with your anger. If you feel angry there are things that you can do to help yourself including counselling, talking therapy and relaxation techniques.

Anxiety + Stress

Stress is a feeling of pressure or strain about things like exams. Anxiety can make you feel nervous or worry about stuff such as starting school or moving to a new area. If anxiety or stress goes on for too long you might start to burn out or feel overwhelmed.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Autism is a condition that affects how someone learns, communicates and builds relationships with others. Their different processing of the world may sometimes become overwhelming for them. Noticing that they are different might cause difficult feelings, too.

Bullying

Bullying is when someone does something deliberately to hurt, upset or threaten you. Bullying can be really difficult to deal with and make you feel very upset or low in confidence. Bullying can happen face-to-face, one-to-one or in groups or online. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad. If you are being bullied, it can be helpful to talk to someone who can support you.

Depression / Low mood

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your daily life. The feeling of depression is deeper, longer lasting and more unpleasant than the short periods of unhappiness that everyone experiences occasionally.

Eating difficulties

A lot of young people worry about their body image. However, for some, these difficulties can take over and turn into a serious eating disorder. Someone with an eating disorder might feel they need to be on a strict diet, exercise, or find other ways to lose weight to cope with how they are feeling – and they might not know how to stop.

Family / relationship difficulties

Family difficulties, divorce, separation and other family changes can result in big changes in life. Some young people experience lots of different emotions when this happens such as anger, guilt and feeling abandoned. It is important to remember that there are lots of other people who feel and have felt like this and that there are organisations that can provide support to you.

Hearing voices

If you are seeing or hearing things that are out of touch with reality you may be experiencing psychosis. This can be a sign of a serious mental health problem such as bi-polar or schizophrenia. A psychotic episode can make you feel paranoid or believe things that do not make sense, it can be scary but you can be treated.

Low Self Esteem/Confidence

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. When our self-esteem is low, we see ourselves in a more negative and critical way. If self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives.

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Self-harm is when you harm yourself on purpose. If you self-harm it is usually as a result of another problem, a young person may self-harm to help them cope with negative feelings, to feel more in control or to punish themselves. Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem that you can overcome and move past.

Transgender Issues

Some young people feel uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth whilst others are unhappy with the gender role that society requires. If you are confused about your gender identity, you might find it helpful talking to someone or receiving professional support.

Trauma and abuse

Abuse is an action that causes significant harm to someone else. It can be very difficult to talk about but you’re never alone. Abuse can leave you feeling very confused, it may be that the abuse is being committed by someone who you are close to or that you love- this could be an adult in your life or by someone you are in a relationship with.