Don’t suf­fer in si­lence says GP

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A Cam­bus­lang doc­tor has urged peo­ple with de­pres­sion to seek help, rather than suf­fer­ing in si­lence.

The for­mer Trin­ity High School pupil, who now works as a GP in Blan­tyre, was up­set last week when he heard that the Amer­i­can co­me­dian Robin Wil­liams had taken his own life, af­ter suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion.

And he im­me­di­ately of­fered his pro­fes­sional ad­vice to any­one else in the area who has the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion.

Kieran Din­woodie said: “Like most I have been a lit­tle down about Robin Wil­liams’s sui­cide. He gave so many of us the gift of laugh­ter and was a real ge­nius.

“One in four peo­ple peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health prob­lems ev­ery year. Clin­i­cal de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety are both ill­nesses and ac­count for the ma­jor­ity of cases.

“Th­ese oc­cur when symp­toms are present for a min­i­mum of two weeks. Com­mon symp­toms in­clude low en­ergy, loss of in­ter­est in things, feel­ing low, poor con­cen­tra­tion, low self es­teem, be­ing on edge or strug­gling to cope.

“If you think you might be af­fected then you can fill in a PHQ9 form on­line for De­pres­sion or a GAD7 form on­line for anx­i­ety for more ob­jec­tive feed­back.

“If you score pos­i­tive then re­mem­ber that in most oc­ca­sions th­ese are episodes that pass and that help is at hand.

“If you want to do more about it then things that help in­clude ex­er­cise, eat­ing healthily, get­ting enough sleep ( look up sleep hy­giene tech­niques) and having good re­la­tion­ships make a dif­fer­ence. If this isn’t work­ing then check out Cog­ni­tive Behaviour Ther­apy via www.llttf.com or learn about Mind­ful­ness are two use­ful things which help. “

The Mind­ful­ness classes hap­pen in Hamil­ton ev­ery Tues­day and are free to at­tend. http://www.mar­tin­ste­pek.com/ deep- well­be­ing- classes- in­mind­ful­ness.htm

Kieran added: “If you want to speak to some­one go to Breath­ing Space on 0800 83 85 87 to ac­cess a pro­fes­sional NHS trained coun­sel­lor. If money is a worry go to the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau. If th­ese are not work­ing, if you are strug­gling with day to day func­tion­ing, un­in­ten­tion­ally los­ing weight, are un­able to sleep or if you are feel­ing sui­ci­dal then go and see your GP who will lis­ten to you and work out a per­sonal man­age­ment plan with you. “Choose life.” Help is also at hand from www. ela­ment.org.uk, La­narshire’s first stop for on-line men­tal health and well-be­ing in­for­ma­tion pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple seek­ing as­sis­tance with men­tal health prob­lems.

Tragic Co­me­dian Robin Wil­liams

Ad­vice Cam­bus­lang GP Kieran Din­woodie wants other peo­ple who suf­fer from de­pres­sion to seek help and ad­vice

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