What it’s like to talk to your GP about your mental health


    realised I needed to get help. I decided to take action.

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    That was difficult. But saying you’re going to do something is very different from actually doing it.

    I didn’t want to wait another year to actually, finally go to the doctor and sort out what I was feeling. So the day it really, truly hit, I called up my GP surgery and asked for an appointment.

    Getting told that I’d have to wait a month for an appointment took the wind out of my sails.

    But the time passed quickly. I practiced what I was going to say. I anticipated the questions a doctor would probably ask.

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    Turns out it’s very, very common for people to cry the second they’ve actually told someone what’s going on. I did. A lot.

    My GP then gently asked about what had been going on. I explained, he listened, and then he told me that he’d be prescribing me antidepressants and recommending that I went to sessions of talking therapy.

    As he typed out the prescription, he asked me quick-fire questions.