I think I might be depressed

If you think you might be depressed, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. If your difficulties are fairly mild, you might want to make some changes for yourself rather than involving anyone else. We know that doing more enjoyable activities, and planning treats for ourselves are all helpful in overcoming depression. If you are finding that you are struggling to cope, feeling overwhelmed with the idea of trying to make any changes, and don’t have much hope for things improving, and are finding it hard to be hopeful for the future, this is a more serious depression. You can start to look at self-help, but would probably benefit from some support. In this case, you should go and see your GP to tell them how you are feeling. Your GP may offer you medication, but should also consider referring you to the Community Mental Health team for support as well. Remember, you can ask to be referred, and for counselling or therapy, which can be very helpful and is available through our Trust.

I think I might be anxious

If you think you might be anxious, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. If your difficulties are fairly mild, you might want to make some changes for yourself rather than involving anyone else. We know that doing the things which make us feel anxious actually reduce our anxiety in the long-term. We also know that learning to tolerate the anxious feelings and recognising them for the harmless reaction they are is helpful. If you are finding that you are struggling to cope, feeling overwhelmed with the anxious feelings, and are finding it hard to bring yourself to do things like leave the house or travel on the bus, then you might find it more challenging to make changes. You can start to look at self-help, but would probably benefit from some support as well. In this case, you should go and see your GP to tell them how you are feeling. Your GP may offer you medication, but should also consider referring you to the Community Mental Health team for support. Remember, you can ask to be referred, and for counselling or therapy which can be very helpful and is available through our Trust.

I think I am having problems with my memory

If you are experiencing memory problems, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. We know that keeping physically fit, doing activities which use our brain, and being involved in life are all helpful for our memory. You can look at the self-help information on this site, but should go and see your GP for an assessment of your memory problems. Your GP should consider if there is any physical cause of your memory difficulties (for example, having a urinary tract infection, or thyroid imbalance can both affect memory) before referring you to the Memory Clinic team for support and to investigate further. Remember, you can ask to be referred, and if you are feeling anxious or low about your memory, for counselling or therapy which can be very helpful and is available through our Trust.

The page was last updated on 12 June 2014 by andrea.bateman.

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