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Mental Health

Mental Health

What We Can Help With

We can assist you with any areas of mental health and work with the best private specialists when more expertise is required. Our Doctors can help you find a way to cope with:

Medications can be dispensed by each GP at London Doctors Clinic where appropriate and reports written if needed. Book for the future or for a same day doctor appointment online or by phone.

In-house Psychiatrist

Should you need further mental health support we have a Consultant Psychiatrist available at our Blackfriars clinic.

We also have partnered with Psychiatry UK to offer ongoing support and diagnosis from Psychiatrists, Psychologists or Psychotherapists through online video appointments. Simply book to see one of our GPs and they will discuss your treatment options and arrange the referral during your appointment.

All our partners are specialists in their fields and you can be referred to them by any of our GPs.

All of our doctors have extensive training in mental health issues and can offer advice, treatment and onward referrals to a specialist if that is required. Your appointment is completely confidential. 

Mental health specialist panel

If you need an onward specialist referral but don’t live in London, or would rather have the consultation at a time and place that suits you, that’s no problem. Our partnership with Psychiatry UK means you can have access to panel of mental health specialists from anywhere in the UK by using our video service.

Our GPs will provide you with the referral and explain the booking procedure, so your experience is seamless. We can provide ongoing psychiatric support in clinic and by video to ensure continuity of treatment. Whether you need short term support or a long-term treatment plan, we can help.


What is Mental Wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is a state of feeling happy and content, both on a personal and social level. It can be how you evaluate your life as a whole and how you cope with everyday life.

Take a look at the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing questionnaire below to give you an idea of your current mental wellbeing. Please note this is not a mental health diagnostic tool, but it will provide you with an indication of where you sit on the wellbeing scale.

 

Take the questionnaire

 


Depression

Depression can be caused by triggers of sadness, anxiety, stress or anger and can occur in anyone at any point in their lives. Although it has been observed that those with a family history of depression are more likely to suffer from it.

There are some common depression symptoms, although they do vary on the individual.

  • Sadness – This includes being easily upset or angered by your surroundings that leave you feeling irritated.
  • Insomnia – Finding it difficult to get to sleep and finding it hard to get out of bed are typical symptoms of depression.
  • Change in Appetite – This could be a reduction or and increasing in the consumption of food
  • Difficulty Concentrating – Whether you’re doing work, reading or just watching the television. This can also be combined with a general lack of motivation to engage in activities.
  • Drinking More than Usual – Drink can often been used for self-medicating purposes. However alcohol is in itself a depressant and can make the symptoms worse, along with the negative effects that drinking heavily poses.
  • Feeling Useless or Worthless – This strong personal feeling about oneself is strongly liked to depression, and can heavily impact how you function.
  • Hallucinations – In extreme cases of depression, sometimes people may experience events that they deem real and can be distressing or disturbing.

If you have a combination of these factors, or are feeling like you want to hurt yourself or are suicidal it is very important that you talk to someone. It is not uncommon for people with depression to feel emotionally overwhelmed and so it is of the greatest importance that you speak with a trusted friend, relative or doctor. But in an emergency there is always the crisis line or even A+E.

If you would like to come see us about depression, our doctors will be more than happy to help you. Remember that the most important step in helping with depression is to talk about it to someone you trust.


Anxiety

Anxiety is very common and affects large proportion of the population. It can show itself in many different forms such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and panic attacks.

Anxiety symptoms usually present themselves as constantly/commonly being stressed, irritated on edge. However they can manifest in different forms as well that are often overlooked. Anxiety can present itself muscle tension & pain, tiredness and generally feeling low.

There is lots of support available for anxiety, so if you do think that you may be suffering from anxiety don’t hesitate to book in an appointment with a doctor. London Doctors Clinic presents the best of care and can provide a private specialist referral if necessary.


Panic Attacks

A panic attack is where your body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode after a rush of intense anxiety. A panic attack usually lasts between 5 – 20 minutes and would include symptoms such as:

  • Irregular heartbeat (palpitations) or a racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Becoming dizzy
  • A choking sensation
  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Tingling fingers
  • Ringing in ears

There is a lot of support for panic attacks such as therapy, medication and ways to help yourself at home. If you think you may be experiencing panic attacks simply book an appointment with one of our GPs for advice and treatment options.


Addiction

Addiction is usually associated with something that can harm your health, such as drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, but this can come in any form such as gambling, shopping, work or the internet. Addiction can cause strain on your relationships and cause complications in your personal and work life. However, it is a treatable condition and we are here to help! All you need is a 15 minute appointment with one of our GPs where we will get you all the help you need.


Insomnia

Insomnia can come in many forms such as:

  • Being unable to fall asleep
  • Waking up throughout the night
  • Waking up early and cannot get back to sleep
  • Feeling tired after waking up
  • Feeling tired, irritable and unable to concentrate during the day

Insomnia can be caused by stress, anxiety or depression. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety or depression, book an appointment with one of our GPs and we can help you. Other causes can be shift work, an uncomfortable bed, temperature, noise, alcohol, or caffeine. Usually changing your sleeping habits can improve your insomnia.


Stress

Stress is usually caused by big life events or situations, such as work, family, illnesses, moving houses or planning a wedding. Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

Sometimes we do not have control over certain stressful situations but making time for yourself and doing things you enjoy can improve your stress levels. Eating healthily, exercising and getting enough sleep can also help. Our GPs can talk you through different methods of coping with stress and work with you on a treatment plan if necessary.


Crisis Support

If you need emergency support please go to your local A+E or call NHS 111 (in England). You can also contact the following crisis support hotlines:

Samaritans – 116 123 (24/7, 365 days a year)

SANEline – 0300 304 7000 (6pm – 11pm, 365 days a year)

 

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