Living with a mental health condition
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Living with a mental health condition is concern for many of the people interviewed for this website. The most common conditions experienced were depression and anxiety. Diagnoses of psychosis, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and personality disorders are also mentioned. Some have been diagnosed with more than one condition. When asked if alcohol and other drug consumption is linked to mental health, people express a range of views with some saying consumption can lead to mental health issues or make an existing condition worse. Others say consumption is part of, rather than a threat to, mental health and well-being. They describe how it helps them cope with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.