Speaking to your doctor about how you’re feeling can be anxiety-provoking. We’re used to speaking to our doctor about our physical health, but mental health concerns can seem hard to discuss.
Did you know that your doctor is happy to talk with you about mental health? They are used to seeing patients with mental health issues and know how to help you. Knowing this can help you to feel a little more comfortable speaking to your doctor.
We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.
Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.
How to Prepare for your Appointment
If you want to get the most out of your doctor’s appointment you should consider:
- Making a note of the things you want to tell your doctor
- Asking for a double appointment if you don’t think one appointment (Which typically lasts 10 minutes) will be enough
- Asking someone to attend your appointment so you have some support should you need it
If you’re not feeling ready to speak to your doctor, please consider asking for help from mental health services in Brayton, Selby, or your local area.
During Your Doctor’s Appointment
During your appointment, your doctor might ask you about:
- Your emotional and physical symptoms
- If you know what could have caused you to feel this way
- If you have any triggers
- How your mental health affects you
- Your family’s mental health
- Your medical history
- Your drug and alcohol history
- If you have any plans to self-harm
- If you have received any help from mental health services
You might be asked to keep a record of how you are feeling. If you have already started doing this, you should consider showing your doctor.
Your doctor could discuss some treatment options with you. These options could help you to manage your mood and a few or all of your symptoms.
Your doctor might also give you details of local mental health services. You can find more information here.
Your doctor might also suggest that you take medication, speak to a therapist, or make some lifestyle changes.
At the end of your appointment, it’s likely that your doctor will ask you to make a follow-up appointment so they can assess your progress.
It’s important that you ask your doctor for help as they can help you deal with whatever’s troubling you. With a bit of help from your doctor and mental health services, you could get your life back on track.
Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org