How to talk to your GP about your mental health

Introduction

Talking to a GP about your own mental health can be difficult, so we have produced a practical guide with details on what to expect from your appointment and what your GP can do for you.

By using the tips and advice in this guide you'll be able to speak to your GP about your mental health with greater confidence.

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You are not alone

Remember that you're not alone. 30% of GP appointments are related to mental health and wellbeing issues and 1 in 6 people will experience a mental health problem each week. Tackling problems earlier on can help prevent these from escalating at a later date.
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Stress

Stress is our body’s response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.

Anxiety

It’s normal to feel anxious sometimes. It’s how we respond to feeling threatened, under pressure or stressed: for example if we have an exam, job interview or doctor’s appointment.

Depression

Mild depression can make you feel low and as though everything is harder to do. Severe depression can lead to feeling hopeless and, in some cases, suicidal.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Anyone can have OCD. It typically starts during early adulthood but can begin at any age. It can be distressing, time-consuming and interfere with your daily life.