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    Has anyone had experience of going to the GP about mental health issues?

    I want go later this month to talk about depression and anxiety, I really need to get a letter about anxiety so I can sit my GCSEs in a smaller room with less people and I think I'm depressed, it's starting to interfere with my schoolwork and hobbies.

    I don't want to involve my parents in any way, can I ring my doctors and ask for someone with experience in mental health? I don't want treatment, will they force me? Can I get a letter for anxiety?
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    They will probably encourage you to get help this is usually by referring you to CAMHS
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    (Original post by TayaMH)
    Has anyone had experience of going to the GP about mental health issues?

    I want go later this month to talk about depression and anxiety, I really need to get a letter about anxiety so I can sit my GCSEs in a smaller room with less people and I think I'm depressed, it's starting to interfere with my schoolwork and hobbies.

    I don't want to involve my parents in any way, can I ring my doctors and ask for someone with experience in mental health? I don't want treatment, will they force me? Can I get a letter for anxiety?
    Taken from the FAQ:

    Your first point of call should be your GP. Your GP will be able to refer you to other NHS services including counselling, talking therapies and specialist mental health services. Your GP can also prescribe medication to help you. You might find it helpful to write down a list of what you would like to say at your appointment (e.g. the symptoms you are experiencing). A free website called Doc Ready (http://www.docready.org/static/client/index.html#/home) can help you with writing down a list of what you would like to say. You can also bring a close friend with you to the appointment if you would like some moral support. Your GP is there to help, and whatever you say, your GP has heard it all before!



    I think you decisions and opinions are always taken into account over who's informed, what your treatments are (if any) etc. They will probably try to convince you of what the best options are, and I would encourage you to listen to their advice and go with it (they are the experts).

    You could ring up and tell them it's about mental health (whether this will have much impact on who you see probably depends on your practice). I'd also advise talking to someone at school about it if you're struggling, the most important thing is keeping that dialogue going.

    I'd also like to say well done and thank you for seeking medical advice, too many people don't and it's painful to see.

    Any questions let me know, I am by no means an expert so have a look at the FAQ (link above) and you can always direct any more questions to the peer support volunteers.
 
 
 
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