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Cocaine addiction: get help

If cocaine is damaging your relationships, work, money situation or health you can get help to stop on the NHS. You don't have to be taking cocaine, or crack cocaine, every day to be addicted to it. One sign of addiction is that you have tried…

Coping with bereavement

The death of a loved one can be devastating. Bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith describes some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Bereavement affects people in different ways. There's no right or wrong way…

Depression

We all have to deal with different kinds of emotions; sometimes we are happy and sometimes we are sad. Depression occurs when sad emotions become overwhelming and never seem to go away. It can greatly affect how a child or young person is able to…

Drink spiking and date rape drugs

Every year in the UK, hundreds of people are thought to be victims of drink spiking, where alcohol or drugs are added to someone's drink without them knowing. In some cases, so-called 'date rape drugs' may be used to spike a drink before a sexual assault. Many more incidents happen abroad or…

Drinking alcohol while pregnant

Experts are still unsure exactly how much - if any - alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting. Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant? The Chief Medical Officers for the…

Drug addiction: getting help

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. Where to get…

Dyslexia

On this page you will be able to find access to the following information as well as some other useful links that you might find helpful: An overview of what Dyslexia is and how it affects different people Some answers to the more frequently asked…

Dyspraxia

Sourced from Dyspraxia Foundation About Dyspraxia Developmental dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. The term dyspraxia comes from…

Eating a balanced diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body…

Eating disorders

An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. But there are treatments that…

Eating Disorders

Information for parents Eating disorders are a complex combination of physical and mental issues. They are manifested by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours around food. Symptoms vary between patients and some may have a mix of symptoms. Eating disorders are generally associated with people who…

The effects of drugs

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term, and could possibly lead to addiction. New psychoactive substances (NPS) (often incorrectly called 'legal highs') What are NPS? NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice, used to…

Emergency contraception (morning after pill, IUD)

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed - for example, a condom has split or you've missed a pill. There are two types:  the emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning after pill) the IUD (intrauterine device, or…

Epilepsy

On this page you will be able to find access to the following information as well as some other useful links that you might find helpful: An overview of what Epilepsy is and how it affects different people Some answers to the more frequently asked…

Exercises for strong bones

Find out the best exercises for building and maintaining strong bones for your age, level of fitness and bone strength. All forms of physical activity will help keep your bones fit for purpose and reduce the risk of falling. Check out the government's physical activity…

Falls

Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition. Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at…

Falls and the risk of falling

If you find you’re often feeling dizzy or losing your balance it’s better to do something about it now, rather than risk losing your independence through a fall or trip. NHS Choices has really good advice, including a video to work out if you’re at…

Feeling depressed after childbirth

The baby blues During the first week after childbirth, many women get what's often called the 'baby blues'. Women can feel down or depressed at a time when they expect they should feel happy at having a baby to look after. 'Baby blues' are probably…

Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there's a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. It's sometimes known as gender identity disorder (GID), gender incongruence or transgenderism. Biological sex is assigned at birth, depending on the appearance of the…

Gender identity

Gender identity is a way to describe how a person feels about their gender. A person might identify as a boy or a girl or something different. This is different from a person's sex, which is related to physical body and biology. People are assigned…

Getting contraception

Contraception is free for most people in the UK, and there are 15 types to choose from. Find out what's available and where you can get it. Contraceptive methods protect against pregnancy. If you use contraception correctly, you can have sex without worrying about getting…

Help for problem gambling

Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt. If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available. Are you a problem gambler? Try this questionnaire: Do you bet more…

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by a virus that's spread through blood and body fluids. It often doesn't cause any obvious symptoms in adults and typically passes in a few months without treatment. But in children, it often persists for years and may eventually cause serious…

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years. However, with modern treatments it's usually possible to cure the infection, and most people with it will have a normal…
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