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Mental Health

Mental Health

We offer several mental health services at London GP Clinic and partner with mental health specialists when necessary to help your mental health be at its best. At the London GP Clinic, we can help you cope with the following conditions that affect your mental health.

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive attacks
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Paranoia

We also dispense medications for each of these conditions if you have a prescription.

In-house Psychiatrist

If you need advanced mental health support, we have a consultant psychiatrist that can attend to you. We are partners with different psychiatric who have psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists that offer support and diagnosis via online video appointments. We can arrange for you to have these sessions after you have seen and discussed your treatment options with our GPs.

All our partners are specialist in this field, and our GPs are experts in handling mental health issues. We can advise, treat and give you specialist referrals for your mental health issues.

Mental Health Specialist Panel

If you want to see a specialist and you do not reside in London, we can give you an onward specialist referral. You can also take the option of having the consultation with a panel of mental health specialist at a time and place that is suitable for you in the UK which is made possible by the video consultation service we offer.

Our GPs will explain the booking procedure to you, so you don’t have to stress yourself. We also provide ongoing psychiatric support in the clinic. We can help you out with both short and long term support for any treatment plan.

Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is a state of being personally and socially content or happy. It can be a yardstick to analyse your life and how you cope with your everyday life activities.

You can use the Warwick-Edinburgh mental wellbeing questionnaire to know what level you are on the scale of mental wellbeing; however, it is not a tool in mental health diagnosis.

Depression

Depression can be triggered by sadness, stress, anger or anxiety. It can happen to anyone at any point in their lives. However, it is speculated that people with a family of depression have a higher risk of experiencing it.

Depression symptoms vary between individual but here are some common ones

  • Sadness- when someone is easily upset or angered by their surroundings leaving them with a feeling of irritation
  • Insomnia- finding it difficult to sleep and getting out of bed
  • Change in appetite- this could be in the reduction of the increase in eating
  • Difficulty in concentration- it could affect work, reading or even watching the television. This could also be a general lack of interest in any activity
  • Drinking more than usual- drinks are sometimes used in self-medication and alcohol is a depressant which can make the symptoms of depression worst.
  • Useless or worthless feeling- always feeling useless or worthless is associated with depression and can have a negative effect on how one function.
  • Hallucinations-this occurs in extreme cases of depression. One may experience events that they think are real.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms in addition to having suicidal thoughts, you should talk to someone maybe a friend, doctor or family member. It is not uncommon to be emotionally overwhelmed; that's why you need to speak to someone you trust. This is an important step in conquering depression. If it is an emergency, you should use the crises line or A and E.

Feel free to see one of our GPs at London GP Clinic and be sure we would always be available to help you.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common condition that affects many persons. It can come in different forms which include generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attack, eating disorders or phobias.

Anxiety symptoms include

  • Constantly being stressed
  • Irritation
  • Always being on edge

Anxiety symptoms often present themselves in forms that seem reasonable and are being overlooked constantly like

  • Muscle tension
  • Pain
  • Tiredness
  • General low feeling

You can get help and support for anxiety at London GP Clinic or referral to a specialist so if you experience any symptom of anxiety, feel free to contact us to book an appointment.

Panic Attacks

In cases of a panic attack, the body goes into a fight or flight mode after a rush of intense anxiety. It usually lasts for 5 – 20 minutes. Its symptoms include

  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling fingers
  • Choking sensation
  • Ringing in the ears

Therapies such as medication and steps to calming your self are available for panic attacks. You can book a GP appointment with London GP Clinic for advice and treatment if you have panic attacks.

Addiction

Addictions to drugs, alcohol or nicotine can be harmful to the health. Addictions are not limited to these. Gambling, shopping, work and internet addictions are also common. Addictions tend to cause conflicts and complications in your relationship with other people. Addictions are treatable, and our doctors at the London GP clinic can help you out.

Insomnia

There are different forms of insomnia. They include

  • Being unable to sleep
  • Feeling tired after sleeping
  • Waking up early and being unable to go back to sleep
  • Waking up severally throughout the night
  • Feeling tired, irritated, and finding it difficult to concentrate throughout the day

Stress, anxiety, and depression are the major causes of insomnia. Other causes include

  • Temperature
  • Noise
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Shift work
  • Uncomfortable bed

If you suffer from any of these factors that have led to insomnia, you can get help from one of our GPs during a 15-minute consultation.

Stress

Stress is usually a result of overwhelming events or situations like moving house, work, illness, family or work. The symptoms of stress include

  • Headaches
  • Feeling tired
  • Having a difficult time in making decisions and concentrating
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable

Most times, we do not have the control over situations that cause us stress, but it is important that you try to create time for yourself to rest and do things that you enjoy and can reduce your stress level. Try eating healthy, exercising, and sleeping to reduce stress. Our GPs can guide you through different methods to cope with stress and advise you on treatment plans that can help.

Crisis Support

If you are experiencing an emergency and will require immediate support, please visit your local A and E or call NHS 111 (England) or contact the following crisis support hotlines

  • Samaritans –available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year 116 123
  • SANEline – 0300 304 7000 available 6 pm – 11 pm, 365 days a year

Call London GP Clinic today on 020 70434318to book a GP consultation for any mental health or to get a referral to a specialist.