Doctor or GP?

If what is happening online is having an impact on how you are feeling offline, a visit to your family doctor or general practitioner (GP) can be the first step in getting help. 

Some of the most common symptoms of poor mental wellbeing include:

  • loss of appetite
  • feeling low or constantly anxious or worrying
  • thinking negative thoughts about yourself
  • irritability or moodiness
  • finding it harder than usual to concentrate
  • not enjoying your life as much as you once did
  • finding day-to-day life difficult (not feeling up to washing or eating, for example)
  • trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear.

It’s possible that you may not have noticed the signs, as symptoms can build gradually over time.


How can a Doctor or GP help?

Your doctor can assess your symptoms and talk with you about what might be the best way for you to get treatment.

That might mean going to a counsellor, referring you to someone else who has specialist knowledge or taking medication. 

In some cases, your doctor can also help you work out a self-help programme and keep an eye on your progress along the way.