Anxiety and Depression Support
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I'm new here and I have anxiety

I have a history of depression and anxiety. I began college last year and after conquering my depression and starting my journey as a mental health advocate I developed severe anxiety. I had 2 panic attacks in college in the past year and now I am at a not good point in my life. I don't have therapy when I'm not in school, so in the past few weeks I've began to not feel well symptoms of depression and severe anxiety) and I am just looking for some support.

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Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your struggles with anxiety. I understand how you feel. Are you on any medication?

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No, I am scared to. Recently, I have felt that I might need it, but my family wouldn't approve. When I was younger and my therapist thought I needed medication for depression they disapproved then. I am able to make my own decisions, but their opinions matter to me.

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I completely understand. I was on medication for 10 years and I was so happy. I haven't been on anything for about 5 years and have been really struggling with depression and anxiety. I'm scared of going back on anything because of the stigma.

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I don't think I am worried about the stigma. I just know my mom wouldn't be accepting. I am also afraid of long term effects.

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Understandable. It is a lot to consider.

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