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Healthy Minds Bucks. The Buckinghamshire IAPT service.

Conditions we treat

We support people over the age of 18 experiencing common mental and health problems including:

Someone experiencing depression may report symptoms of low mood (feeling down, depressed or hopeless) and having little interest or pleasure in doing things. Depression can lasts for weeks or months and affects your everyday life. The symptoms of depression range from mild to severe.

A phobia is an extreme fear or anxiety triggered by a particular situation (such as Fear of Heights) or a particular object (such as spiders). If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may change their life in order to avoid the thing that’s causing them anxiety. As well as limiting their day-to-day life, it can also cause a lot of distress.

Spending so much time worrying about your health, or getting ill, that it starts to take over your life. People might frequently check their body for signs of illness, such as lumps, tingling or pain, ask people for reassurance that their not ill, worry that their doctor or medical tests may have missed something, obsessively looking at health information, avoid anything to do with serious illness, or act as if they were ill (for example, avoid physical activities). Anxiety itself can cause symptoms like headaches or a racing heartbeat, and this can be mistaken for signs of illness.

This is an anxiety disorder that a person might develop if they have been involved in or witnessed a traumatic event. It was first recognised in war veterans, but a wide range of traumatic experiences can trigger this condition. There are a number of symptoms associated with this condition such as flashbacks, feeling numb, trouble sleeping. These are sometimes described as an ‘acute stress reaction’. If a number of the symptoms continue for longer than a month then a diagnosis of PTSD may be given

Insomnia means you regularly have problems sleeping or disrupted sleep, occurring at least 3 nights per week and lasting for 3 months or more. For some this might have been ongoing for several years. 

People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, decreased performance or an impact on day-to-day functioning.

This means having regular or uncontrollable worries about many different things in your everyday life. People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. This condition can cause a range of symptoms, from feeling restless or worried, trouble concentrating, sleep difficulties, tension, dizziness or heart palpitations.

Panic is an anxiety disorder in which panic attacks occur unexpectedly and frequently without a clear cause or trigger. The attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something terrible is going to happen.  Some people may  feel constantly afraid of having another panic attack, to the point that this fear itself can trigger one.

Extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations (such as parties, workplaces, or any situation in which you have to talk to another person). It is also known as social phobia.

Self-Esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves, based on our own beliefs. Low Self-Esteem is often characterised by a lack of confidence and low opinion of ourselves, including thoughts of being unlovable, useless, or worthless.  

People with Low Self-Esteem may find it difficult to make decisions, put across their opinions in an assertive way, they are likely to disregard any compliments or personal strengths, often tend to be very self-critical and find it difficult to be kind to themselves.

Distressing thoughts, images or worries that something bad will happen if you don’t do a certain actions. For example, needing to repeatedly clean the kitchen to prevent your child from getting ill or the needing to arrange items in a certain way otherwise something bad will happen to friends of family.

OCD Related Disorders

Hoarding: Hoarding disorder diagnosis assigned to individuals who excessively save items and the idea of discarding items causes extreme stress . Hoarders cannot bear to depart from any of their belongings, which results in excessive clutter to an extent that impairs functioning and may create health and safety risks.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): BDD involves distress due to a perceived physical anomaly, such as a scar, the shape or size of a body part, or some other personal feature. While most individuals feel a degree of doubt or dissatisfaction with their appearance at times, individuals with BDD will experience persistent and intrusive thoughts about the imagined flaw.

We offer help for people who are struggling with the emotional effects of living with a long term health condition such as:

Diabetes affects much more than blood sugar. It can lead to sudden mood changes that may place an emotional strain on relationships and personal life.

For some people, the stress of living with diabetes can contribute to both changes in mood and concerns about potential complications. The physical effects of diabetes may also lead to nervousness, anxiety, and confusion.

Sometimes, friends and family may struggle to understand these mood swings, but learning about how diabetes can affect mood and providing support can help promote a stronger, healthier relationship.

COPD causes a lot of changes in the body. Breathlessness, weight loss, sleeping and eating problems, and depletion of energy are just a few of the physical changes one can experience over the course of the disease. These changes can lead to feelings of loss, frustration, or sadness because one can no longer do the things you used to do. One may even experience depression. When they are depressed, they can get stuck mourning life as they knew it before COPD. 

It is common for individuals to feel sad or depressed after a heart attack, cardiac surgery or procedure, recent hospitalization, or new diagnosis of heart disease. These emotions may be the result of not knowing what to expect or not being able to do simple tasks without becoming overly tired.

Temporary feelings of sadness are normal, and should gradually go away within a few weeks, as they get  back to their normal routine and activities.

Sometimes, however, a depressed mood can prevent individuals from leading a normal life. When a depressed mood is severe and accompanied by other symptoms that persist every day for 2 or more weeks, treatment is necessary to help them cope and recover.

Long term pain or fatigue puts a lot of stress on the brain and cognitive issues such as low mood, difficulty with memory or concentration are familiar, no matter what the underlying condition is.

Chronic pain/fatigue and its psychological effects have the potential to reduce quality of life, not only for the patient but for the family as well. Under-managed chronic pain/fatigue may lead to less sleep, exhaustion, more stress, relationship and work problems and psychological distress so it is important to be able to intervene in this cycle to improve pain management and psychological welfare.

For information on the services we offer see our Getting help page.