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Mental Health

What to expect when talking to your GP about your mental health

A good way to begin thinking about improving your mental health and wellbeing is to visit your GP. If you have been feeling low for some time or have recently noticed changes in the way you think and feel then you may be experiencing some of the most common symptoms of poor mental health. These include:A good way to begin thinking about improving your mental health and wellbeing is to visit your GP. If you have been feeling low for some time or have recently noticed changes in the way you think and feel then you may be experiencing some of the most common symptoms of poor mental health. These include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling low
  • Feeling constantly anxious or worrying
  • Thinking negative thoughts about yourself
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Finding it harder than usual to concentrate
  • Not enjoying your life as much as you once did
  • Finding day-to-day life difficult (not feeling up to washing or eating, for example)
  • Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear.

Although it can be daunting to speak openly with a professional about these common thoughts and feelings, it can be the first step towards building and maintaining better mental health.

If you feel worried about your mental health or are considering taking your own life, you can call your GP surgery and arrange to speak to someone immediately, or alternatively the Samaritans offer completely confidential emotional support 24 hours per day: Call 116 123 for FREE or Email jo@samaritans.org.uk