Depression and Anxiety
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.)
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.
Help for recovery from depression and anxiety disorders
Psychological Therapies - You can self-refer or your GP can refer you to Time to Talk
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
Support for Carers- Carers 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.
Sage Counselling Service for Housebound People
SAGE is a home counselling service for adults of all ages who have difficulty getting out, and who may be faced with:
- adjusting to change
- bereavement and loss
- death and dying
- emotional difficulties
- loss of independence
- relationship issues
- unresolved conflicts.
Our confidential service is suitable for both young and older adults who may have difficulty accessing traditional counselling services.
Click this link to download their Information Leaflet