Is it anxiety or depression?

I have been experiencing similar to anxiety and depression symptoms daily for a few years. Symptoms such as constant breathlessness, impending sense of doom, heart palpitations, suicide thoughts, heavy feelings of feeling anxious. I have tried many methods to calm myself down but it’s not effective.

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Hi @Fer

I’m really sorry to hear about your struggle, it must be tough on you and I wanted to ask if you’ve sought help before like seeing a psychiatrist or therapist for your situation?

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I did seek help from some of my closer friends, with two that specialises in psychology. I have tried their suggested methods but to no avail, it barely is effective.

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Hi @Fer

Thank you for sharing with us your struggles, I commend you for your strength for seeking support here. I’m truly sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with these challenging symptoms for such an extended period.

Given the severity of the symptoms you’ve described, it would be important to prioritize your well-being and reach out for professional help. A mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist, can provide the expertise and support needed to address and manage these symptoms.

Here are a few steps you might consider taking:

  1. Immediate Support: Reach out to someone you trust: Share your feelings with a friend, family member, or loved one. It’s important to have a support system, even if it’s just someone to listen.

  2. Emergency Services: If you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please seek immediate help. Reach out to emergency services or a helpline. They are there to provide assistance and support. Here are some important hotlines to keep in your phone if you’re in a crisis:

  • SOS: 1-767
  • SOS whatsapp: Click here
  • -IMH - 63892222
  1. Professional Help: Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional as soon as possible. They can conduct a thorough assessment and work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. For the time being, we do have a simple assessment tool to help you understand yourself better - Try A Free Mental Health Self-Assessment Tool (Tests & Quizzes) |

  2. Medication Evaluation: Given the severity of your symptoms, a psychiatrist may assess whether medication could be a beneficial part of your treatment plan. Medication, when prescribed and monitored by a professional, can be a valuable tool in managing symptoms.

  3. Consistent Self-Care: Engage in self-care activities that bring you comfort and relaxation. This might include activities such as gentle exercise, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies that you enjoy :slight_smile:

Remember that you don’t have to navigate this alone. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and there are professionals available who are trained to support individuals facing these challenges. If you’re in immediate crisis, please don’t hesitate to contact emergency services or a crisis helpline.

Please keep us updated on what you’ve decided to do for your support-seeking, as we’d like to continue to be here for you. Hear from you soon!

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Thanks for sharing @Fer. I think it’s important to not self-diagnose and get professional help for your situation.

While waiting for an appointment with a professional, maybe can consider trying different self care activities that appeal to you. It can be as simple as taking a walk or just trying something new. That’ll help take your mind off the depressing thoughts for a bit.

Hi @Fer

Apologies for the late reply/ response.

I agree with @Jaws that you should refrain from self-diagnosing and seek professional help.

Think professional help from a therapist will/ can be helpful, do let us know if you seek help! Take care :slight_smile:

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