More and more people are seeking help for mental illness - but what happens after the first trip to the GP?
James* first sought therapy when he came home to find his flatmate dead. He had taken his own life.
Despite this deeply traumatic experience, he was reluctant to get help. He was worried he wouldn't respond well to therapy, and his view had been skewed by how therapists - who poke and prod at your life - are represented in the movies.
“I was nervous,” the 29-year-old living in London tells The Independent. “I thought the therapist would try to ‘go back’ and unpick previous trauma from my family life, something that I think I picked up from popular culture representations of therapy.”
From those struggling with the weight of depression or attempting to cope with the near-constant tension of anxiety, more and more people are seeking help for mental health issues. James is among them. Over a quarter of people in the UK have visited a therapist, compared with one in five in 2010, and depression is the fastest growing condition that GPs must deal with.
Excerpt from The Independent Online, read the full article here
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