Self Help

Self Help

InformationMental and Psychological Health

Stress is the term most people use to describe the mental and physical symptoms experienced when the pressures of life feel more pressing or even overwhelming. There are a variety of symptoms experienced by people when they are under stress. If you feel that you are suffering from stress a number of things can help. Firstly exercise is an excellent way of dispelling tension, most healthy people should be exercising at least 3 times a week – even if just by taking a walk. If you feel uncertain that you are fit to exercise please see your GP for advice and assessment.

Relaxation therapies are also an excellent way people can manage their own stress. Pursuing a hobby, getting out and about, taking a scented bath, listening to music, having a massage, or having a short break are all methods of relaxing the mind and body and removing yourself from stressful situations.

If you feel overwhelmed by stress it may be that you are suffering from anxiety or depression. This is a very common problem and your doctor can help. Please book an appointment with your doctor to discuss this.

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If you are struggling emotionally your GP can help. Alternatively there are various excellent agencies available for advice –

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Health Monitoring for People with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Severe Depression

It is well known that people suffering from mental health problems are less likely to readily access healthcare services and are therefore less likely to have problems such as high blood pressure diagnosed.

At Bideford Medical Centre we would like all of our patients suffering from Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Mania, Severe Depression, and Paranoid states to see their GP once a year for a general check-up. This involves your doctor checking your blood pressure, and if necessary height, weight, cholesterol level, performing a test for diabetes and discussing your medication with you to make sure all tablets are still needed and are at appropriate dosages. Due to the importance of these assessments they need a 20 minute appointment, please advise the receptionists of this at the time of booking.

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