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Time to Talk - What we can help with

Time to Talk service user

At Time to Talk we help people with stress, worry and depression, as well as many different types of anxiety. We can help you to understand the difficulties you’re facing, and offer therapy either within our service or put you in touch with a different service if we don’t offer the help you need.

Stress, worry and general anxiety

Many things in our lives can affect our mental health. Money worries, losing your job, increasing work demands and illness in the family can all take their toll. Even seemingly positive events such as getting married or having your first baby can trigger a cycle of anxiety and worrying which can leads to other problems. You may be experiencing difficulty sleeping, your mind racing, or endlessly thinking things through as a result.

We can help make sense of your worries and support you to put a plan in place to manage them.

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There are many different ways depression can affect your life. You may have:

  • A frequent low mood
  • Little interest in things that once made you happy
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of energy and tiredness
  • Problems with concentration
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Feelings of restlessness or being ‘slowed down’

Challenging life events and circumstances can cause you to have symptoms of depression. The way you think may also change as you become depressed – you may feel negatively about yourself, the world, or your future. Having these thoughts can make your depression worse, leading to further negative changes in how you feel, behave and how your body reacts.

Our talking therapies can help you manage and challenge these thoughts, and escape the cycle of negativity.

Post-natal depression

New parents may need mental health support after the birth of their baby. After the birth, you may find yourself feeling very emotional, and it may feel hard to manage these emotions. If these emotions develop into post-natal depression, we can help you to manage these feelings.

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Panic attacks and agoraphobia

When we get very anxious our body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This can cause us to feel symptoms such as racing heartbeat, sweating, shaking and dizziness, which can be described as a panic attack.

These symptoms can feel scary, and can make you feel as though you are physically ill. Unfortunately, the more we expect to feel these symptoms, the more our own fear can then trigger them.

If you have these symptoms, you may begin to avoid places and activities in case you have a panic attack.

If you avoid going to public places, such as shops, public transport because you are worried about panic attacks, this is described as agoraphobia.

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For some people, particular objects or situations can trigger anxiety. This is called a phobia. This could be anything from a fear of heights, animals or flying, to a fear of seeing blood. This intense fear may lead you to avoid certain situations, and this may be causing difficulties in your day-to-day life.

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Social anxiety

While most people may feel shy or anxious in some social situations at some point in our lives, it can be a bigger issue for some. Social anxiety may be making your life very difficult because of worries about others will think badly of you, or the fear that you’ll say or do something embarrassing. You may experience symptoms of anxiety, such as sweating, blushing or your heart racing. This may be made worse if you think these symptoms will be noticed by others.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Some people mistakenly think OCD is just habits you may have, such as folding our clothes in a certain way. However, symptoms of OCD are much more serious than habits. It includes having negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts which are obsessive. It also involves repeating actions to try and get rid of these thoughts, which are described as compulsions.  

If you have OCD, you might be aware that your thoughts and compulsions are extreme, but you might find them very hard to resist or stop.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

Symptoms include reliving the experience, flashbacks and nightmares. You may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and finding it difficult to concentrate.

These symptoms may have a significant impact on your day-to-day life, and therapy can help you to manage these symptoms.

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Health Anxiety

People with health anxiety worry that physical symptoms of illness are indicators of serious disease or severe medical conditions. For example, if a person experiencing health anxiety feels that their chest is getting tight, they may believe that they are having a heart attack. Those with health anxiety frequently misinterpret physical symptoms of anxiety as a sign of an impending physical health problem.

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Other problems we may be able to help with:

Low self esteem/low self confidence

You may be experiencing a low mood or symptoms of anxiety due to having longstanding negative beliefs about yourself. Talking therapy may help you to identify and change these beliefs.

Bereavement or Reactions to Loss

Significant loss in our lives can affect us deeply. The death of a loved one, losing your job, or dealing with health problems can trigger mental health problems. We can support you if you are struggling to cope, and help you navigate the changes in your life.

Relationship difficulties

We can help people identify problems and improve communication with other people in your life, such as partners, children, parents or our wider reaching relationships with extended family, work colleagues and friends.

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