Learn more about conditions
If you have a mental illness your doctor will give you a formal diagnosis. While most people experience mental illness, in very different ways, most people will share common symptoms and side-effects.
Dissociation and dissociative identity disorder (DID)
This section gives information about dissociation and dissociative disorders. It explains the different dissociative disorders, their symptoms and treatments. This section is for anyone with dissociation and dissociative disorder and their carers, friends or relatives.
This section tells you what personality disorders are and their symptoms, and how you can get treatment. This information is for people affected by personality disorders in England who are 18 or over. It’s also for their carers, friends and relatives and anyone interested in this subject.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
This section has information on borderline personality disorder (BPD), including symptoms, causes and treatments. This information is for people affected by BPD in England who are 18 or over. It’s also for their carers, friends and relatives and anyone interested in this subject. Borderline personality disorder is also called emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) and emotional intensity disorder (EID). In this factsheet, we call it BPD as this is still the most common term for the condition. But we appreciate that all 3 terms can be controversial.
Drugs, alcohol and mental health
This section explains how using drugs and alcohol can affect your mental health. It also explains how you can get help to stop using drugs and alcohol. In this section, ‘drugs’ means recreational drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs. When someone with a mental illness also uses drugs, doctors call this ‘dual diagnosis’ or ‘co-occurring diagnosis’.
Cannabis and mental health
Cannabis is an illegal drug which can affect your mental health. This section is about the effects that cannabis can have on your mental health. And how to get help and support. This information is for people over 18 in England. Their carers, relatives and friends.
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