What to expect from your GP
Usually, the first step to getting help if you feel you are having problems with your mental health is visiting your general practitioners’ (GP) surgery. A GP is a doctor who can give you treatment and care for your physical and mental health. This section gives information on what to expect from a GP appointment and what your GP can do for you.
- GPs can provide treatment for mental health problems and offer ongoing care and support.
- Sometimes it is worth asking whether there is a particular GP at your surgery who has an interest or speciality in mental health problems.
- Before an appointment, it can be helpful to write down a list of things you’d like to ask or discuss with the GP. This could be writing down a list of symptoms or perhaps side effects from medication.
- A GP will ask you about your mental and physical health and may make a diagnosis.
- You can change GPs as long as it is within your catchment area.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in October 2014. Next review October 2016.
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