As a health or social care worker, it is important that you are aware of a number of conditions. This is so that you can know how to deal with them and recognise the signs and symptoms so they can be passed on to someone else if you are not sure what to do. Here are some common conditions you should know about and how they could make an individual feel:
- Psychosis-Psychosis is a symptom of conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and causes the individual to have difficulty discerning what is real and not real. They may experience hallucinations and delusions which can be frightening for them and cause them to act in a way that others find strange.
- Depression-Depression is an illness that can make the individual feel emotions such as hopelessness and negativity that don’t go away. It can also affect how an individual sees themselves and can lead to them not engaging in a social life.
- Anxiety-Individuals living with anxiety can find it difficult to control their worries and may feel that things are worse than they are as a result. It can cause a number of symptoms such as an increased heart rate and a feeling of loss and control among other things.
- Dementia-Dementia is a term used to cover many different conditions that affect the brain and cause a reduction in its abilities. These conditions include memory, thinking, reasoning and communicating. Most commonly they can cause short term memory loss. This may make the individual feel confused, frustrated and frightened.
- Learning Disabilities-A learning disability is a result of brain development being affected before birth, during birth or in a person’s childhood. It may cause individuals to have difficulty understanding information, learning new skills, communicating and living independently. It may also cause individuals to have trouble expressing themselves and responding to feelings and emotions.
You should take the time to familiarise yourself with these conditions, however, keep in mind that the conditions can be physical, social or psychological and can affect the individual in a myriad of different ways.