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Supporting our patients with mental health issues


One in four of us has mental health symptoms at any one time.  These symptoms generally relate to problems like anxiety and depression.  Many people feel that they are going "mad" but can be reassured that they are not!

Topics on this page...


Measuring anxiety & depression
Peri & post-natal depression
Alcohol problems
Self-referral to Talking Together
Consulting your doctor about your mental health problems


Measuring Anxiety Á Depression

If you present with a cough, we can check your termperature and get a number from that.  Or we can listen to your chest and get an objective finding of a 'clear chest' or hear fluid noises suggesting an infection.  Measuring mental health is more challenging.   Responding to this, specialists devised various questionnaires that provide a way of measuring the patient's distress.

For depression, you can use the PHQ-9 questionnaire.

For anxiety, you can use the GAD-7 tool.

Using these tools will help you know the extent of your difficuilties and, if you bring your results along to a consultation with your doctor, make that consultation more informed and more productive.


Peri & Post-natal Depression


Are you pregnant or have you had a baby recently?   About half of all patients with peri-natal or post-natal diagnosis are never diagnosed.  Isn't that a shocker?!  There are both clinician and patient reasons for this.  Some clinicians don't ask about symptoms and some patients do not disclose their symptoms.  Some women are afraid that their baby will be taken off them - that is not going to happen.   Others feel that they have failed in some way, that they should be so happy, but they're not.  Please do not feel this way.  Tell us your symptoms.   Prompt action can help to get you back on an even keel.   You can use the Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression Scale to assess your symptoms.


Alcohol Problems

Alcohol is often related to mental health difficulties.   Alcohol abuse can co-exist with other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.  When the patient has a dual mental health diagnosis, e.g. alcohol abuse and depression, it does not matter which problem came first - they both need treating in their own right.  You can use the World Health Organisation's AUDIT tool on this web site to measure your alcohol habit.  Remember too the major physical health problems that come from alcoholism - discuss this with your doctor.


Talking Together

You do not need a doctor's referral to get free & confidential support for your mental health issues.  Click HERE to get further information about their services.


Consulting your doctor about your mental health problems

To make your consultation more informative for the doctor and more producive for you, we ask you to complete a questionnaire on eConsult.  There are questionnaires for anxiety, depression, low mood, and panic attacks.  Each tool will ask your about other symptoms.  Fill in as many questionnaires as are appropriate for you - many people with mental health issues have more than one symptom.  The commonest mental health issue is the dual problem of anxiety & depression.

As you click each symptom link, you will see options for self-help, a self-referral to Talking Together, and an online consultation with your doctor.  Select "I want treatment and advice from my GP" to start the online process which will ask apropriate questions.  eConsult will email the practice the details of your online consultation.  We will see that on our next working day and respond appropriately to you within two days.

 

 

Click the image to access the EConsult 'front page'-scroll down to 'Mental health'.  Or, click on the links below to go direct to consult about specific symptoms...

Anxiety

Depression

Low mood

Panic attacks