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Depressed? Anxious? The good news is that talk therapy can really help, sometimes as much as medication.

Talking therapy is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or who has emotional problems they can’t sort out on their own. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. The therapist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make.

There are times in our lives when we are aware that all is not well. Our emotions seem all over the place and we feel out of control. At such times, we can feel bewildered and alone, and can find it hard to share how we feel, especially with those who are close to us. It can feel too risky, and we worry that they will not understand, that we will upset or hurt them, or make them angry.

Therapy is one way of getting the control back, by talking through what is happening with someone who is trained to help you to talk and make sense of things, help you gain some insight and understanding into what you are experiencing and why, and help you to develop new ways of coping and looking at what has been going on

Difficult life events
  If you’re going through a sad and upsetting time, talking therapies can help you deal with it. This could be after a relative or friend has died, after finding out you have cancer, if you’re struggling with infertility or if you've lost your job.

Past abuse
  If you’ve been physically or sexually abused, or experienced discrimination or racism, you may feel better able to cope with life after a course of talking therapy.

Relationship problems
  Couples therapy can save a relationship that’s in trouble or help you through separation and divorce. Ideally, a couple should go to counselling together, but if your partner refuses to join you, counselling can help you sort out lots of things on your own.

Mental health problems
  Talking therapies can help if you have: • depression • anxiety • an eating disorder • a phobia • an addiction They're often used if you’ve been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Talking therapies are commonly used alongside medicines.

  Talking therapy can help people who find it difficult to keep their anger under control.

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