Work with your doctor

Most people with depression will be treated by their GP. You might find that you need to visit your GP a number of times to explore different treatments, so it’s helpful to build a good partnership with them. It might take weeks or months before you feel able to talk about what’s happening, so when you do make that crucial first step it helps to be prepared.It can be hard to do this when you’re feeling ill, so it’s often a good idea to ask a trusted friend or family member to support you through it.

Getting the time you need

Opening up to your GP

Your treatment, your choice

What if I need to make a complaint?

Most GPs will want to do the best they can for you, but if you need to make a complaint you should do so first to your GP. You can then contact NHS England or your local Clinical Commissioning Group. You can also contact the same organisations to make positive comments about the care you’ve received, to help providers understand the things patients value most. You can find out more about making a complaint at NHS Choices.

If you’re a doctor looking for help and support, the BMA runs a counselling service and a Doctor Advice Line. Call 0845 9200 169.