Depression - Problems with treatment
In this section you will find information about:
What if I am not happy with my treatment?
If you are not happy with your treatment you can:
- talk to your doctor to see if they can suggest changes,
- get an advocate to help you speak your doctor,
- ask for a second opinion if you feel it would help,
- contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and see whether they can help, or
- make a complaint.
There is more information about these options below.
An advocate is someone separate from mental health services but who understands the system and your rights. They can come to a meeting with you to help you get what you are entitled to.
You can search online to see if there are any local advocacy services in your area or Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service could search for you.
Talk to your doctor about your treatment to see if you can resolve the problem with them first. If you don’t agree with their decisions about diagnosis or treatment, you could ask for a second opinion. You are not legally entitled to a second opinion, but your doctor might agree to it if it would help with treatment options.
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at your NHS trust can help to resolve problems or issues you have with an NHS service. You can find your local PALS’ details here.
It is best to try and solve the problem with the team or doctor first. If this does not help you can make a formal complaint. If you are unhappy with their response to your complaint, then you may be able t take this up to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
You can get an Independent Health Complaints Advocate (IHCA) to help you make a complaint against an NHS service.
You can click on the following to find more information about them:
What risks and complications can depression cause?
Having depression can cause other problems. It can affect your mental health as well as your physical health, and it may affect other areas of your life too. For example, depression may cause:
- disturbed sleep,
- aches and pains,
- low sex drive,
- difficulties with work and your hobbies,
- difficulties keeping contact with friends and families, or
- suicidal thoughts.
Some people might also drink more alcohol to try and relieve depression. However, as we said in 'Causes', this can actually make depression worse.
If you have any of these problems, speak to your GP.
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