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Due to my recent illness, I’m writing to inform many of your readers with the same complaint as I have experienced for the past year, with severe depression, a mental illness which is not visible, that there is help.

I wouldn’t wish this illness on anyone. It takes control of your body and mind to the extent of taking ones own life, sad but true.

So my message to you out there is don’t be afraid or embarrassed, speak to your GP, tell him or her your problems without delay, which is what I did. Unfortunately, the doctor tried to get me out of the dreaded position by prescribing several anti-depressant tablets which never took the torturous agony away from my body, so eventually he suggested I should let him make an appointment to visit Bassetlaw Hospital to speak to a psychiatrist as these consultants were more an expert than himself on such matters. I was shocked and felt degraded by the doctors suggestion of me seeking help and advice on my health problem, the professional name psychiatrist alone frightened me due to the stigma related to this.

I eventually went and spoke to a wonderful lady consultant who prescribed a magic pill for me to take and within eight days, I was flying high and my complaints (medical wise) vanished and I’m flying higher now than I did one year ago.

So to you many sufferers out there, seek help through your own GP and if he or she can’t prescribe a remedy ask them to make you an appointment to see the professionals at Bassetlaw Hospital. There’s no stigma to it now, they are there to help you. Good luck.

Geoff Coe

Bracebridge, Worksop