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It’s important to hold on to what’s precious in your life, the people you care about and the activities you enjoy. Even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel right now – there is a way through. Like any illness, the sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll get back your enjoyment of life. There are a range of treatment options to choose from. Some people use individual treatments, while others prefer a combination of treatments. They include:

self-help techniques

Self-help techniques can be really effective if you have mild depression or anxiety, and if you feel confident that you can do them without any professional help. Try our Self-Test to check whether self-help is a good option for you. If you feel you need help, your doctor is a great place to start deciding what the best treatment is.
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treatment with your doctor

Talk to your doctor about the best plan for your treatment. They are able to assess your situation and work out a treatment plan with you. This may involve prescribing medication, or perhaps referring you to psychological forms of therapy. Your doctor can also help you work out a self-help programme and monitor your progress along the way.
Things to know before your visit

talking therapies

Your doctor might suggest psychological treatment or counselling – sometimes called “talking therapy.”

Talking therapy involves talking to someone about your symptoms and addressing them in a range of ways depending on the approach. There are a number of different talking therapies which are known to help with depression.
How a therapy session works

next step

It's important to find a health professional you are happy with and a treatment that works for you. You also need to give it enough time to work properly. So keep in touch with your health practitioner, and if your current treatment plan doesn’t seem to be working, talk to them about another approach.

0800 111 757

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