Depression and Anxiety

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Depression and Anxiety

Suffering symptoms of depression or anxiety is unfortunately very common.

People can experience the symptoms of mild, moderate or severe depression, or anxiety, or a combination of both.

Depression is diagnosed if a person feels down, depressed or hopeless for more than 50% of the time and finds it very difficult to enjoy activities that they would normally find enjoyable.

People with anxiety often feel restless and on edge; they experience a sense of dread, irritability and have difficulty concentrating.

Anxiety causes high levels of adrenaline to be released which causes physical symptoms like dizziness, heart palpitations, muscle tension, shaking, dry mouth, sweating, nausea, insomnia, pins and needles and headaches.

Anxiety can affect people in different ways and in different areas of their lives.


Subtypes of Anxiety Conditions

Here are some links about the subtypes of anxiety conditions. (This list is not exhaustive.)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Health anxiety

Panic Disorder

Low mood, sadness and depression

The Royal College of Psychiatrists have developed a website with masses of resources giving advice and information about mental health problems, how to understand them and the treatments strategies available. 

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Help for recovery from depression and anxiety disorders

Apps and self help resources Self HelpGet Self Help; Help with Insomnia

Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Calm appHeadspaceFinding Peace in a Frantic WorldGuided Meditations from Tara Brach

Psychological Therapies - You can self-refer or your GP can refer you to NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies

GP Referral to the Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS) is at Chapel Street in Chichester. Referral is needed when depression or anxiety is not responding to GP-based treatment or if the problem is more severe or complicated or where the illness is causing the person to be a risk to them selves or others.

Relationship Difficulties RELATE


  • for people who have survived sexual violence Lifecentre
  • for people who are bereaved CRUSE
  • for help with alcohol or substance misuse CGL

Organisations that support people with mental health problems Richmond FellowshipCoastal West Sussex MIND

Support for CarersCarers Support West Sussex  

Ask at the practice if you are a Carer for someone and would like a Carer's Health Check 

Samaritans Phone 116 123, what ever you are going through, any time any day, for free support.

Recovery college courses are available to help you with your recovery.


The Sussex Mental Healthline

For telephone support and information from the Sussex Mental Healthline ring 0300 5000 101 (Available 24 hours, seven days a week in West Sussex).

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression.

  • The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals.
  • You do not need an appointment.
  • They are a service available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend.
  • They provide support for people experiencing distress.

Please note this is a limited service, if you are in urgent need of help please visit urgent help in a crisis..

Post natal Depression

The video explains that there is help available for Mum's and families affected by postnatal depression. Please don't suffer in silence.

Please ask your midwife, health visitor or GP for help; they can refer you to the Sussex Perinatal Mental Health Service for an assessment if you would like.