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Understanding Trauma

Understanding Trauma

The word ‘trauma' is derived from the Greek term for ‘wound'. Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury - a difficulty in coping or functioning normally following a particular event or experience. Everyone's reaction is different, but most people who experience a potentially traumatic event will recover well with the help of family and friends and will not experience any long-term problems. If people do develop problems, they may appear directly after the traumatic event or they may not emerge until much later.

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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder, which is often referred to as ASD, is the term used to describe a group of disorders that includes autism, Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder (also known as atypical autism). Autism is the most commonly occurring form of ASD.

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What is anger?

What is anger?

Anger is an emotion that can range from mild annoyance to intense rage. It is a feeling that is accompanied by biological changes in your body. When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure rise and stress hormones are released. This can cause you to shake, become hot and sweaty and feel out of control.

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What is anxiety?

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of fear or impending disaster and reflects the thoughts and bodily reactions a person has when they are presented with an event or situation that they cannot manage or undertake successfully. When a person is experiencing anxiety their thoughts are actively assessing the situation, sometimes even automatically and outside of conscious attention, and developing predictions of how well they will cope based on past experiences.

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What is depression?

What is depression?

The word depression is used to describe various and sometimes overlapping experiences. To many people being depressed means feeling sad, 'blue', downhearted, disappointed, detached or upset. However, a person can feel all these emotions without being ‘clinically' depressed. Feelings of sadness or the ‘blues' are generally brief and have slight effects on normal functioning.

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