Confused about CAMHS? What's DBT when it's at home? And what exactly is a psychiatrist?

We've pulled together this Jargon Buster page to explain what all those fancy words mean!

Have we missed something off? Let us know and we'll get it added!

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that initially affects our memory and thinking skills. It is the most common type of dementia. More info

BMI is a measurement that uses your height and weight to determine how healthy your weight is.

Having an unusually low BMI may be a symptom of anorexia nervosa. More info

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or CAMHS, provide mental health services for young people up to the age of 18. In North East Lincolnshire, Young Minds Matter are the CAMHS provider.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that works by changing the way you think and behave. It can help you cope with stress, anxiety or depression. More info

A Care and Treatment Plan (or CTP) covers what you want to achieve in certain areas of your life and what mental health services will help to do this. More info

If you have a comorbidity, you have one or more additional conditions on top of a primary condition.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (see above). As well as changing how you think and behave, it also focuses on accepting who you are. More info

A delusion is a fixed belief that conflicts with reality.

If you are suffering from psychosis, you may be unaware that these beliefs aren't real, so you may feel frightened. More info

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It’s designed to help service users recover from traumatic events. More info

In family interventions, families are brought together to understand the nature of a mental health diagnosis and improve communication with each other.

It's a type of therapy particularly used to help service users experiencing psychosis, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

When someone hallucinates, they see, hear, smell, taste, feel or hear things that don't exist outside their mind.

Hallucinations are particularly common in people living with schizophrenia or psychosis. More info

Hypervigilance is a state of increased alertness and means someone is extremely sensitive to their suuroundings.

An occupational therapist helps you to complete everyday tasks if you’re having difficulties because of a physical or mental health issue. More info

A psychiatrist is a medically qualified doctor you may find working across our services. They study the diagnosis, management and prevention of mental health illnesses. As a doctor, they can prescribe medication on top of recommending other treatments. More info