Anxiety makes you feel worried, nervous or fearful in a way that’s hard to control. It’s one of the most common mental health issues in the country.
The causes and symptoms of anxiety are different for everyone. Some people experience mild anxiety that they can control with a careful treatment plan, while others have severe symptoms that are more difficult to manage.
Our experienced online doctors understand how difficult living with anxiety can be. They’ll listen to your symptoms and help you get the most effective treatment as quickly as possible.
Anyone can be affected by anxiety. In fact, it can occur for different reasons throughout your life. For example:
Students may worry about university exams, finding a job and social pressures.
Under 35s may feel pressure to achieve all the things society regards as ‘normal’, such as progressing their career, starting a family and owning a home.
Middle-aged people may be anxious about their children leaving home or the prospect of missing the chance to achieve any outstanding career or personal goals. The symptoms of the menopause can also cause anxiety issues for some women.
Older people may feel anxious the prospect of retirement and the loss of their day-to-day routine.
Some people just feel anxious for no obvious reason. This can sometimes be the most difficult type of anxiety to recognise.
No matter which category you fall into, it’s important to get the confidential help you need and not suffer in silence.
Anxiety has a wide range of psychological and physical symptoms. You don’t need to have all of them to get diagnosed; some people only experience one or two.
Anxiety can affect your life in lots of ways, from feeling constantly worried to insomnia, chest pain and a loss of appetite. Left untreated, these issues can have a significant impact on your quality of life and long-term health.
During your online consultation, our doctors will ask you questions about how you’re feeling and how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms.
Everything you tell them is completely confidential and it’s important that you answer every question honestly, so they can make sure you get the right treatment.
Using the information you provide, our doctors will be able to work out whether you have an anxiety disorder and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Find out more about how our doctors can diagnose your anxiety here.
One of the most important steps is to identify the causes of your anxiety. Once again, everyone’s experience is different. Some people have lots of little causes, while others may have one big reason behind their anxiety.
Potential causes include:
Traumatic life events
It’s even possible to be anxious about the possibility of an anxiety attack.
Every one of our doctors is registered with the General Medical Council and can be found on the NHS National Performers List, so you know you are only ever receiving the best possible care and advice.
They are experienced in treating a wide range of conditions, and can help with almost everything your regular GP could in a physical surgery. You can meet some of our doctors here.
Push Doctor also has an in-house Medical team, who support our doctors day in, day out, and enable our doctors to do what they do best. They are also responsible for the ongoing training and development of doctors on our platform.
Push Doctor is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
They are the foremost authority in our industry, assessing health providers' ability to provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care – be they offline or online doctors.
Push Doctor is registered with the CQC under the name 'Square Health', with the registration number 1-3060117803.
Our most recent inspection took place in May 2019, concluding that the service we provide is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led – gaining a 'Good' rating overall. You can read the report in full on our CQC profile.
Same day prescriptions
Our NHS-trained GPs can, if appropriate, issue prescriptions online following a consultation. Once your consultation is complete, our team will search for the closest pharmacy to you which has your medication available. We'll then send you a text when your prescription is ready to collect.
To collect your medication, simply hear to the nominated pharmacy to collect and pay for your prescription. You will need to take a valid form of ID to show the pharmacist when you arrive. This process is almost always done within the same day of your consultation.
Instant fit (sick) notes
Our GPs can send a sick/fit note directly to you if necessary following an online consultation. These can be sent directly by email or first-class post.
Fit notes include recommendations about how and when you'll be able to return to work or education, or whether you're able to return to work with amended duties (e.g no heavy lifting or reduced hours). They can also contain detailed advice about managing your medical issue in the workplace.