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I think my depression is getting worse

Why don’t you try? : Take action to tackle your depression

If your depression is getting worse, speak to your GP or medical professional for advice. In the meantime, you can try some of these strategies:

Exercise
There’s evidence that exercise can help depression, and it’s one of the main treatments for mild depression. You may be referred to a group exercise class.

Self-help
Talking through your feelings can be helpful. You could talk to a friend or relative, or you could ask a GP or local psychological therapies service if there are any self-help groups for people with depression in your area.
You could try self-help books or online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Mindfulness
Mindfulness involves paying closer attention to the present moment, and focusing on your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the world around you to improve your mental wellbeing.
The aim is to develop a better understanding of your mind and body, and learn how to live with more appreciation and less anxiety.
Mindfulness is recommended by NICE as a way of preventing depression in people who have had 3 or more bouts of depression in the past.

Mild to moderate depression
If you have mild to moderate depression that is not improving, or moderate depression, you may find a talking therapy helpful.
There are different types of talking therapies for depression, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling.
A GP can refer you for talking treatment, or you can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.

Getting help
See a GP for more information about accessing NHS talking treatments. They can refer you for local talking treatments for depression.
You also have the option of self-referral. This means that if you prefer not to talk to a GP, you can go directly to a psychological therapies service.

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/clinical-depression/treatment/
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Take a walk around your local area, Speak and share your feelings with your family and friends and close support network, Call a support line or charity for support, such as MIND or Lets Talk,

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