Talking to a GP

t’s normal to feel low from time to time but if these feelings won’t go away and are starting to affect your everyday life, you should consider going to see your GP. Read more about when you should talk to your GP and how to prepare for a GP appointment.

Some people can experience hallucinations, hearing voices, have thoughts of suicide or self-harm along with other symptoms of depression. If these issues are affecting you it’s important to talk to your GP.

Do antidepressants help?

Antidepressants increase a group of chemicals in the brain called serotonin and noradrenaline which can improve a person’s mood. Some people who are prescribed antidepressants find that they start to improve some of the symptoms of depression after a short period (usually 2 to 4 weeks) but may also experience some side effects including headaches, sickness and loss of appetite. If you’ve any issues or concerns about your medication, no matter what they are, you should speak to your GP, pharmacist or nurse to enable you to find a solution that most suits you. Taking anti-depressant medication does not, of course, address the causes of stress which may be behind a person’s depression. This means that anti-depressants are often prescribed together with another form of treatment, or, a different treatment or service may be more helpful instead.

Finding support without seeing a professional

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service provides support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety, low moods and depression.

Non-medical support to improve your mental wellbeing.

Free or low cost counselling

Peer support and support groups

Wellbeing courses and training

Alcohol and drug use and gambling

Support for carers

New parents and parents-to-be

Students

Depression UK – a national self-help organisation that helps people cope with their depression.

CALM (Campaign against living miserably) – a charity which offers support to people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.