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Mental health - diagnosis

If you're feeling low or anxious you are not alone. 1 in 4 people will have mental health problems at some point in their lives.

If you've been feeling low or depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life, make an appointment to speak to your GP.

Your GP will talk to you about your symptoms, how long you have been having them and how they are affecting your life. It can be helpful to write down a list of things you would like to ask your GP before you have your appointment.

For more common problems such as depression and anxiety, your GP can give you a diagnosis. For less common problems you will be referred to a mental health specialist in your local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).

NHS Choices has information about specific mental health problems.

Rethink have a large range of factsheets including what to expect when you talk to your GP, the Mental Capacity Act, treatments and recovery.

Urgent help

If you're feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help, please contact your GP and ask them for an emergency appointment, contact Samaritans on 116 123 or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.

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