Mental health and addiction

Life can be challenging and cause high and low moods. Some people may experience mental health issues or addiction. Find out about the signs and symptoms, and what support is available.

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Alcohol and drug addiction

Three important features are present in people with addictive or abusive patterns of drinking alcohol. These are dependence, tolerance, and compulsion to drink.

Addiction and abuse can happen when you use an illegal drug or when you use a prescribed medication in a harmful way. 

Alcohol and drug addiction — HealthInfo (external link)

Obsessive compulsive disorder

People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experience persistent unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and feel driven to do mental or physical actions (compulsions) that provide temporary relief from these thoughts.

Obsessive compulsive disorder — Mental Health Foundation (external link)

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction to experiencing or witnessing a significantly traumatic or shocking event or series of events.  

Post-traumatic stress disorder — Mental Health Foundation (external link)