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Seeking help

If you have symptoms of depression or anxiety for more than 2 weeks you should see your GP. This is usually the first step to seek help.

It’s very common for people to see their GP about constant low mood, depression or anxiety.

If you need help now, call 111 or the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

What happens in your GP appointment

Your GP will discuss your symptoms with you and recommend what you can do next.

You can be open and honest with your GP. This will help them to find the best way to help you.

They might recommend a talking therapy or medication, or both. They might just recommend something as simple as exercising regularly.

Talking to a therapist

You can also see a therapist privately without going through your GP.

Talking to a therapist can help with:

  • understanding why you feel the way you feel
  • finding ways of coping every day

There are many different types of talking treatments. The charity Mind has more information about types of therapy.

If you don’t want to talk to your GP

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your GP about the way you feel, you can contact one of the charities that help people with depression and anxiety.

They can help you with things like talking to other people about your problem or finding a therapist. They won’t be able to prescribe you free therapy.