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Lots of young people see their doctor because they're worried about something, are feeling unwell or need treatment. You can visit your doctor at any age, about any issue to do with your physical or mental health.
Self-harm, suicidal feelings and mental health
Will I get sectioned?
It can feel scary getting help if you’re worried you might have a mental health problem. Mental health YouTuber Laura Lejeune chats to us about her own experiences.
TRIGGER WARNING: Self harm is discussed in this video.
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Can you talk to a doctor about someone else?
You can talk to a doctor about yourself or someone you're worried about. This is especially important if you think they might be in danger, unsafe or very ill. You might be asked to encourage them to get help, or if it’s serious they can try to get them help directly. If it’s a friend, then you could talk to them to see if you going to the doctor’s with them might help.
How would a doctor test for pregnancy?
Firstly, a doctor needs a good reason to test you for pregnancy. For example, if you’re having symptoms of pregnancy. So don’t worry about being tested unnecessarily. Also they should ask your permission to do so (or at least let you know why it’s important). Then it’s a quick urine test and you should get the result in a few minutes. If this isn’t suitable then you may occasionally be referred for a scan or blood tests. Each situation is different but your doctor should explain things to you so you understand.
Watch: What happens when you see a doctor
Other sites that can help:
Doc Ready can help you prepare for seeing a doctor and talking about mental health.
The NHS website has info on finding a doctor, booking an appointment and how to complain.