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Glossary

carer
Someone who helps or supports someone with a health condition or illness.
case manager
A health professional (perhaps an occupational therapist, a nurse or a psychologist) who provides ongoing help to manage mental illness.
CAT team
Crisis and Assessment Team. Sometimes called mental health crisis teams. Provide urgent treatment and support for people in mental health crisis. Treatment is often in your home.
CBT
Cognitive behavioural therapy. A psychological treatment that encourages you to challenge unhelpful thoughts.
chronic
Lasting for a long time. In medicine it usually means an illness or condition lasting for more than 3 months.
clinical psychologist
Clinical psychologists have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They are the type of psychologist you are most likely to see for help with a mental health issue.
clinical trial
A strictly controlled research study using volunteers to test new medications.
clinician
A health-care worker who has direct contact with patients.
cognitive
To do with thinking, learning and remembering.
cognitive analytic therapy
A type of psychological treatment where you are asked to review your childhood and look at how you have learnt to cope with different situations. With your therapist, you work towards changing the way you view situations and how you respond to them.
cognitive behavioural therapy
See CBT.
compulsion
An irresistible urge to do something. In relation to OCD it could be a compulsion to clean, arrange things, say certain words or pray, for example.
confidential
Describes information that is kept private.
consultant
A consultant is a qualified medical specialist. Consultant psychiatrists have completed their training. They are qualified psychiatrists.
consultation
Where a person sees a doctor to discuss a health problem. Or where a doctor asks another doctor (usually a specialist) to assess a patient or recommend treatments.
consumer
A person who has experienced mental illness. Some people prefer this term. Others prefer "patient" or "client".
counselling
Professional help for personal or psychological problems. Usually involves talking over your problems.
counsellor
A professional who will listen to you and help to clarify problems in your life. There are many types of counsellors, with different levels of training, skills and experience.