PROBLEMS HELPED - at the London Psychology Clinic

The London Psychology Clinic helps adults with anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, depression, low self-esteem and more. On this page you will find the definitions and descriptions of these common psychological problems and difficulties. If you have one (or more) of these, you are not alone. Effective treatments exist - based on CBT. 

Anxiety Disorders

Officially, there;s quite a list of anxiety disorders. I can help with each of these: 

  • Panic Disorder - periods of intense anxiety or fear - panic attacks - which either seem to come out-of-the-blue, or linked to specific triggering situations

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - general anxiety and worry about a range of different things, always worrying or a worrier. 

  • Health anxiety or hypochondriasis - an excessive fear about being ill, with body checking, consulting doctors or other health practitioners, and worry about the consequences - without clear evidence of illness

  • Agoraphobia - a fear of situations that are difficult to escape from

  • Social anxiety or social phobia - anxiety about social situations, how we will perform and be judged by other people.

  • Specific phobia - fear and avoidance of specific objects or situations such as heights, dogs, spiders (arachnophobia), enclosed spaces (claustrophobia). planes, trains...

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - disturbing thoughts about something bad happening and an associated urge to do something (e.g. checking, washing, mental rituals...) to reduce the chance of that happening, and/or to help us to feel less anxious

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - an increase in fear and other emotions after being in a situation where we thought that we could have been seriously hurt or even killed. Symptoms include flashbacks, an exaggerated startle response (being jumpy) and more.

Low mood disorders

I've called the second list, low mood disorders, because for me all of these disorders involve low or depressed mood and negative thinking states:

  • Depression - ​including Recurrent Depression and Major Depressive Disorder - where there is persistent low mood or irritability, a bleakness and negative outlook

  • Dysthymia - a more chronic or longer-term form of depression, which won't necessarily always be as intense as depression

  • Cyclothymia - mood cycles (hence 'cyclo') between mild depression to somewhat high (manic) - but does not get as low or as high as manic depression or bipolar disorder

  • Low self-esteem - although it's not an official diagnostic label, it is a recognised problem by sufferers and clinicians, where we have a low opinion of ourselves and we worry about being found out. 

If you want to learn more about depression, why it develops and what treatments are most proven to be effective, click here.

Book a psychological assessment, to understand what caused your difficulties and what maintains them. Next, get a treatment plan that will help improve things for you - sooner rather than later.

Other common psychological disorders

Here are other common psychological disorders or problems, that don't fit neatly under an anxiety or a low-mood disorder. 

 

  • Adjustment disorder - difficulties in functioning in response to a significant change in circumstance

  • Bereavement - difficulties after the loss of a loved one, or important person in our lives

  • Binge eating disorder and bulimia - patterns of eating that have cycle between periods of over restriction, to overeating (bingeing), and probable purging (vomiting, laxatives)

  • Childhood traumas and experiences - life-long limitations following significant negative experiences during childhood

  • Relationship difficulties - problematic patterns in our relationship with others

Of course, there are more disorders than I have listed here. These are some of the most common ones. If you don't recognise your difficulty in the descriptions above, why not get in touch, to see how I can help.