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Emotional & Mental Health
Emotional & Mental Health
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1 in 4 people in the UK develop a mental health problem in the UK every year. That's around 16 million people. We're committed to helping and improving mental health in the UK, that's why we give 20 minutes of our doctors time for first consultations regarding emotional or mental health issues.
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Emotional & Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness
Awareness around emotional and mental health has been steadily growing, with increasing support from charities and significant awareness being raised by celebrities.

However continue to see seriously high levels of people suffering with mental health problems. 

Health Professionals need to do more.
Health professionals need to take a stand alongside celebrities and charities to address one of the biggest health problems affecting our society.

Over 30% of GP consultations are related to mental health, and GPs see nearly all patients affecting by mental health in the UK every year, so we're experienced as a workforce. 

Our GPs at The Doctor Service have been recruited because of their experience and interest in helping people with mental health problems. 
Seeing a GP
What will a GP do? 
GPs are specially trained to identify mental health conditions and will work through your symptoms. We will support and help direct you to the most appropriate treatment that might help too.

We recommend seeing a GP first before deciding what route to take, especially if this is the first time you are suffering with a mental health or emotional issue.

This is because we are trained to think across a wide range of conditions and will consider whether there could be any physical ailments that are affecting the way you are feeling. We are also able to think about the widest range of treatment options for you. 

What are the treatments? 
Treatments are usually categorised in two broad areas for mental health problems: 'Talking therapies' and tablet-based options.

There are a wide range of talking therapies and we have linked up with Dr Julian to ensure we can provide you with the best range of therapists, and we will communicate with the therapists on your behalf if necessary. 

We are able to prescribe medicines such as anti-depressants, but there are certain medicines we will not prescribe such as diazepam. Please contact us if you are unsure if we will be able to prescribe a medicine for you. 

Do I need to see a psychiatrist or a Hospital Mental Health Team? 
For most anxiety and depression in the UK, this will be managed by a GP alongside therapists if required. However there are certain times when someone may need to see a specialist.

This is usually is the GP team is unable to satisfactorily improve your symptoms despite use of different therapies and treatments or if you are at risk to yourself (having severe thoughts of suicide) or to someone else. 

There are other mental health conditions which GPs are the usual first port of call, and we will refer to a specialist for further input if this is necessary. Those conditions include eating disorders, OCD, Schizophrenic and Personality disorders.
How many people suffer with anxiety? 
Around 6% of people in the UK suffer from Anxiety. Occasional feelings of anxiety will affect most people in their lives, but usually a diagnosis is made if you have constant symptoms lasting for long periods of time which causes significant problems and distress in living out your life. 

What are the symptoms? 
The anxiety is usually noticed due to constant nervousness or restlessness, poor concentration, being more irritated and often becoming tired more easily, sleeping poorly and sometimes even noticing more muscle tension.

These symptoms are usually disproportionate to the circumstances people are going through which causes significant distress and prevents them from being able to live their lives how they would like to. 

The symptoms mentioned are just some of the many symptoms of anxiety, which can affect you not just psychologically but it can also affect you with physical symptoms too.

For example experiencing headache, stomach upset, muscle aches and shortness of breath. Certain events in your life or a history of anxiety in your family could also increase your risk.
How many people suffer with depression?  
Around 5-10% of people in the UK suffer from Depression. There are a wide range of symptoms that can be attributed to depression and many will resonate with most people at some point in their lives. However depression is usually diagnosed when people are persistently low over weeks to months. 

What are the symptoms? 
Alongside a persistent low mood, people with depression can feel a general loss of interest and enjoyment in activities, reduced energy, changes with their libido, poor concentration and often symptoms can lead to feelings of suicide for some people. 

Often there are other physical symptoms which include changes to appetite and weight, and disturbed sleep.
Stress & Burnout
We are a stressed out nation.
Nearly 75% of us in the UK has felt so stressed in the past year that they have felt overwhelmed and unable to cope, with 32% of people saying they had felt suicidal feelings. That's worrying.

It's widely reported that the World Health Organisation has termed the 21st Century as going through a 'Stress Epidemic'. 

Persistent stress can lead to Anxiety, depression & 'burnout'
Stress is a significant factor in leading to and continuing to exacerbate anxiety and depression.

Our doctors at The Doctor Service are acutely aware of what stress is doing to the body and will recognise what is going on not just with your mind and body, but we consider the external factors to what may be leading to your stress too. 
What is Wellbeing? 
There are multiple definitions of Well-being and the most simple understanding is explained in the Oxford Dictionary: Well-being is 'The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy'. That is an oversimplistic version of what well-being is an tends to encompass a wide variety of things affecting our lives. 

The Government now monitors our Well-being
The Office for National Statistics places a big focus on financial well-being and measuring anxiety levels, but also looks at Personal Well-being. They look at how the UK is doing by asking specific questions including: 
  • How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • How happy did you feel yesterday?
  • How anxious did you feel yesterday?
These questions give a snapshot, but they don't provide the overall understanding of why. To do that we need to think about what it is that's affecting your wellbeing, whether that's your work and home environment, social life, friends, family, finances, relationships, purpose in life or your health as they will all contribute to the answers you might provide to the questions above. 

5 Ways to Mental Well-being
The Government as recognised '5 Ways to Mental Well-being' which was identified following the Foresight project published by the Government in 2008. These 5 Actions have been identified to improve our wellbeing:
  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give 
The report found that by undertaking these actions regularly, these significantly improved mental well-being.

Well-being is complicated and just undertaking these 5 steps may help to improve Mental Well-being, but may not help to address some of the causative factors.

At The Doctor Service we think holistically and we think about the causes of your mental health problems rather than just how to treat.
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