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If you experienceÂ symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day for more than two weeks, you should seek help from your GP.
It is especially important to speak to your GP if you experience:
Sometimes, when people are depressed theyÂ find it hard toÂ imagine that treatment can actually help. But the sooner you seek treatment, the soonerÂ your depression will lift.
The main way in which your GP willÂ tell if you have depression is by asking you lots of questions about your general health and how theÂ way you are feelingÂ is affecting you mentally and physically.
Try to be as open as you can be with the doctor. Describing your symptoms and how they are affecting you will really help your GP understand if you have depression and how severe it is.
Read more about the symptoms of depression.
Any discussion you have with your GP will be confidential. Your GP will only ever break this rule if there's a significant risk of harm to either yourself or others, and if informing a family member or carer would reduce that risk.
Find out about the treatments you may be offered for depression.
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