Mental Health FAQs
Frequently Asked Mental Health Questions: Lobella Loves
- What forms of therapy are there?
‘What is Therapy’ and information about the most common/popular types of talking therapy:
YouTube Therapy Playlist:
- What is available on the NHS? Or how do I find out what’s available in my area?
GPs tend to be the ‘gate keepers’ for local NHS resources and as these differ from area to area and you should speak to your own for accurate information and as you can’t self-refer to most NHS services, for a referral also. Here are some useful helplines, inc Mind which often provides local services (support groups etc):
And the Hub of Hope is a directory (website and app), which finds services in your area based on the location services on your phone or postcode:
- What to do if I don’t want the GP advised 6 week course of CBT?
Try another GP in the practice to see if alternative services are available. The other alternative is to approach Mind or another local mental health charity or go down the private route but this can be costly. Some private services do offer reductions for less popular slots (e.g. middle of the day sessions) and/or if you are willing to see a trainee.
Also there are various free online video therapy courses for Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, OCD, Relationship problems, PND etc, however these should be researched beforehand to see who is delivering them and their credentials.
- What do I do if I don’t qualify for NHS support?
The private route option (see No 3), self-help or local charity. When you get one of these, if you can ask for more details.
- How do I know what I need (i.e. therapy, medication etc)?
The best place to start is to talk to your GP. Also check out the NICE guidelines for your specific problem. NICE advises the government about best practice based on the current evidence base and best clinical opinion. For examples here are the ones for Depression: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/gid-cgwave0725/documents/short-version-of-draft-guideline-2
This is a brilliant blog post on how to get help and where to start: https://www.fromtheotherchair.co.uk/asking-for-help/ And I can also recommend these YouTube videos: What Is The Best Treatment For Anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jyx6oF2fS4&t=14s What Is The Best Treatment For Depression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usguZAcBrxg What Is The Best Treatment For An Eating Disorder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6zD1i0OJ_U&t=4s
- What medication is used for PND?
Short answer is antidepressants, but not all are safe if you are breastfeeding. Here is some useful information about treatment for PND https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-natal-depression/treatment/
- Difference between a counsellor and a therapist and what to look for?
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor, What Is The Difference? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5N1H0VMPQI&t=20s
- How do I find a counsellor/therapist privately?
Look at The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy https://www.bacp.co.uk/ Or this YouTube video: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor, What Is The Difference? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5N1H0VMPQI&t=20s
- Private vs NHS therapy, what are the pros and cons?
Private costs but is individually tailored so the amount you get isn’t dictate by local NHS resources (e.g. most areas only give you 6 sessions). NHS doesn’t cost, but waiting lists are long and treatments are short or results are too. Or a useful video is: How Many Counselling Sessions Will I Need https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l6JWAmu8yg&t=2s
- What is EMDR?
See my IGTV where I talk about this: https://www.instagram.com/tv/
When to go to the GP (with PND, anxiety, depression)?
Here is a checklist of symptoms for each mental health problems https://www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/our-services/
- Resources for other postnatal mental health conditions, ie. OCD, anxiety, anger, personality disorders.
Information about most mental health problems can be found here, many of the pages have YouTube video: https://www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/our-services/
- What resources are there for men with Post Natal Depression?
This is a good article: https://www.nct.org.uk/parenting/postnatal-depression-dads
- Recommended anxiety resources?
Personally I love the Calm and Headspace Apps. Info here on symptoms, different types of anxiety, causes and treatment https://www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/our-services/anxiety/ Or this YouTube Anxiety Playlist: https://www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/our-services/anxiety/
- What do I need to tell my employers about my mental health condition?