So I did it.  I went to see a GP last week, and then had a follow-up appointment the week after.

After a couple of questionnaires and a LOT of questions, she told me that while it wasn’t very serious, I am displaying symptoms of minor anxiety and depression.  Which is pretty much what I expected to hear.

Moving on to what I could do about it, she described counseling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  She quickly touched on anti-depressant drugs, but to my relief just as quickly dismissed them as not helpful in my case.  After much umming and ahhing and questioning, I decided to follow her advise and go for the CBT.  She told me that she would post me some information about it, and that I should make arrangements to self-refer myself to the local unit.

So I now have a leaflet from the local Psychological Therapies Service on my desk, placed where I can’t ignore it.  And tomorrow, I will be calling the number on the back.  Because I’ve got going now, and I am not going to let my nerves or self-consciousness hold me back.

Even thinking that I’m doing something is making me feel a bit better.  I feel like I’m building up some momentum, and almost that nothing will stop me now.  Time to make it happen.


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About The WalkingPlasterDispenser

So who is the Walking Plaster Dispenser? Well, I'm a volunteer First Aider, working with a well-known First Aid charity to help out random people I've never met before (or, more usually, when) they hurt themselves. This typically involves walking briskly (never run...) around after people who are silly enough to do sports or some other suitably daft activity in their free time. In my spare time, I am a graduate engineer, working my way through a graduate scheme with a big engineering company.

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