Which is better for your health? Simple solutions or medical advice?
Simple solutions are the way forward.
But what’s the best way to go about getting started?
Here’s a guide to the best things to consider when it comes to getting started on your personal health journey.1.
Make sure you have a GP referral to see your doctorThere are many reasons why a GP may not be the best person to refer you to a specialist, and there are plenty of other people who might be able to help you, but for a few reasons you might not want to rely on your GP referral for health care.
First, you’re already being offered some good medical advice from a qualified medical professional.
If you’ve got a condition that needs to be treated, a GP can offer a detailed assessment of your medical needs, which can include the use of simple treatments, such as acupuncture, for example.
You can also ask your GP about their practice and services.
Second, many GP practices are not as busy as other GP practices, and it’s easier to go to a GP that can offer the right advice at a particular time.
Third, your GP might be happy to give you a referral to another GP, even if they can’t treat you yourself.
It’s also worth considering how many referrals you might need, as some GP practices have a waiting list, and you may need to go back to them if you get another referral within a short time.4.
Make a mental health planBefore you go ahead and start your treatment, you should have a plan to work through any mental health issues.
A mental health crisis is a term that encompasses many different problems, such the anxiety or depression that can be caused by the loss of a loved one, or a general feeling of isolation or distress.
Mental health problems are usually caused by issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, post-stroke, and schizophrenia.
To help you manage the mental health crises you might experience, there are some simple mental health exercises to get you started.5.
Consider other options for treatmentA mental illness may not affect you directly, but you should consider other options if you are facing a serious problem, such a serious injury, or if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety.
These other options include seeing a GP, seeing a specialist or getting treatment from a therapist, and, if you have an underlying medical condition, taking part in a specialist mental health programme.
If you need help, you can get in touch with a specialist in your area.
There are also a number of organisations who offer support services, including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Mental Health Australia, and the Queensland Mental Health Commission.
For more information about the best ways to treat mental health problems, read our Mental Health section of our guide to getting help for your mental health.6.
Keep track of your symptomsIf you’re having symptoms that aren’t going away, you’ll want to keep track of them, and if you need to contact your GP, you might want to consider the steps you might take to manage symptoms.
If it’s your first time dealing with a mental illness, or you’re worried you might have a mental disorder, consider having a mental check-up, to check for any other symptoms.
If there’s a good reason you’re at risk of having a medical condition that could lead to mental illness later on, you may be able find more information online or by contacting your GP.
If there’s an underlying condition, you could also try to find a specialist to work with.
A specialist could assess your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan.
If a specialist doesn’t think it’s safe for you to have a treatment approach, they might refer you for a specialist assessment.
It could involve talking to a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker, who could advise you on what steps you need as a first step.
If the specialist doesn´t think you have the underlying medical problem that you’re going to need to be diagnosed with, you need an alternative to treatment.
For example, a specialist might refer someone to see a specialist psychiatrist, who might assess your condition and suggest a treatment strategy that might work best for you.
The good news is that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) says there’s good evidence that some people with mental health conditions do manage to reduce their symptoms.
You can get more information by calling 0800 888 888.