There are different ways in which you may receive support and treatment. Drug treatment may be helpful as may talking treatments (e.g. counselling, psychotherapy, self help groups). Sometimes a combination of both works best. Many people diagnosed as having mental health problems may be treated with drugs such as tranquillisers or antidepressants, which work by affecting the chemical balance of the brain. At the same time doctors and others are becoming more aware of the value of talking treatments and a growing number of doctors` surgeries have access to a counsellor. Which treatments are most appropriate will depend on the nature of the problem. There are many ways to seek help. It is worth noting that seeking help is the first stage of dealing with distress, and those problems, which seem insurmountable, can often be dealt with very easily in the right hands. Other problems may be more difficult and may require longer to unravel. But it is important to remember that there are people who will have experienced similar difficulties to you and there will be people who can help.

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