Anxiety and Depression Support
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Looking for advice

Hi everyone,

My name is John. I'm 18 years old and for the past 3 years I've suffered from bad anxiety all around. I'm scared to go to public places (especially where a bathroom isn't close by), and I have constant panic attacks. This began 3 years ago when I was in a car accident, with my grandmother. The wreck wasn't severe, and no one was hurt. It shook me up bad. I don't know what happened that day, but it has ruined my life. I've tried CBT, numerous types of medication, and exposure therapy. I'm not gonna lie, every day is hard. I struggle to want to go to work. I don't go to class face to face anymore because I'm afraid of having to leave mid way through lecture. With all that being said, I have not given up hope. I know there is someone else out there who has struggled as bad as I have. I want their advice. I know that this is all in my head, and I can overcome it. I would love to hear how some of you have beat anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. What has worked, what hasn't. I'd love to hear it all.

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So sorry you are going through this. I can imagine what daily life must feel like. Have you been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) by chance?

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No I haven't.


Well it sounds like PTSD to me. Often this will go of it's own accord but if not you might have to seek treatment. Is there a counsellor at your college? Or you could go to your doctors. There is treatment available which might help.

There is a good site on here called PTSD so why not join that one as well.


Hi John

So sorry you are going through this at only 18 years old. It sounds like you still need to get some answers. Since the car accident was traumatic, I agree with the others. It could be PTSD.

Thank you for sharing what is going on. We are all here for you and listening!


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