While we know that good mental health is just as important as good physical health, we often hesitate to ask for help when we experience anxiety or a low mood. Never underestimate your feelings. It’s important to seek help if you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression that won’t go away.
Making the decision to get help for anxiety or depression can be quite difficult for many because it involves acknowledging that you may not be able to overcome these feelings alone. The first step is to talk to your GP about what you have been feeling. They may then refer you to a psychiatrist or specific service for care. You might be offered an in-hospital stay, outpatient group therapy programs or a private appointment with a psychiatrist.
Many psychiatrists have different specialty areas and you are free to choose a psychiatrist that you are comfortable with. A psychiatrist will discuss your well-being with you and help you work on a plan towards recovery. They may also recommend ongoing appointments, medication or therapy.
Recent government changes have made getting private mental health care easier. These changes allow you to upgrade your private hospital insurance cover to include mental health care with no waiting periods. Speak to your health insurer as soon as you are referred for mental health care to understand your level of cover and how you can increase your cover without delay.
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