What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your difficulties by changing the way you think and behave. It is mostly used to treat anxiety and depression but can also be used in the treatment of schizophrenia.Read more

What is Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs (mania) and depressive lows (depression). It used to be known as manic depression.Read more

What is SDS (Self Directed Support)

Self Directed Support (SDS) is the new way of receiving support from social care services. It is designed to enable people to have more choice and control over their support planning and delivery.Read more

What is the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003?

The Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 came into effect in October 2005 and gave individuals rights which previously didn't exist.Read more

Signs & symptoms of psychosis

Although psychosis and mental illness affect people in different ways, there are recognised signs and symptoms which people may experience. Find the most common here.Read more

Treatments for mental illness

There are a variety of therapies and treatments for Mental ill health and a care programme that covers all options should be provided.Read more

Side effects of medication

Physical side-effects are common with psychiatric medication, like with all medicines. Not everyone experiences all side-effects and there are other treatments which can counter some of the unwanted effects.Read more

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

When a person lacks capacity to make decisions about their finances or welfare then another person (a proxy) can apply to make decisions on their behalf.Read more

What is mental illness

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental disorders as comprising a broad range of problems, with different symptoms. However, they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others.Read more