How do I get help

I'm 22 and depression and anxiety run in my family. I've done very well for myself I think. I'm in a high level at work that deals with stress and confrontation so my anxiety is pushed further and further beyond its limits... Beyond my limits and what started as insomnia and a touch of OCD turned into anxiety and panic attacks but then all of a sudden I was handling it better. Hiding it better. Coping better... But lately I can't sleep again and I shake a lot. Dizzy spells to a point at times I can't see anything. Just black for a few seconds. There's nothing wrong with my eyes I've asked but I am anaemic and I already suffer with hypothyroidism too and I'm on microgynon if that helps anyone. But I want help with my anxiety sometimes I get afraid and my heart starts pounding in my chest but I can't come down. Some nights it triggers my asthma and I have to take my pump! I don't know what scares me though what triggers it... I need help but where do I start. I don't really want to go see my doctor is there someone else I can see first? Please help...

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  • Hi

    Other than seeing your GP , which are the best , I don't no of any other way to get help

    You will get lots of support on this site , but your GP is the only one that can really say what you need be it meds or counselling etc

    I no it can be daunting going to see the GP , but they have heard it all before

    If you find it hard to talk to them , take a copy of what you have written here & pass it to them , say you are struggling to explain

    Sounds like you are suffering with anxiety , which gives all these symptoms

    Keep talking on here & let us no how you go on if you go & see the GP




  • I was afraid that that was going to be the answer. I don't feel that I can go see him. I'm scared ill loose my job that they will think I can't cope. It's already causing a rift between my partner and me. I keep telling myself after each attack that I'm getting better but am I? Before I couldn't take any criticism without hearing in my head that I'm a huge failure. I always feel like I'm letting not just someone but every down now. Thank you for replying to my post it helps cause deep down I know seeing my GP is the right thing to do but what if he laughs at me or tells everyone... I know he won't but my brain just keeps going with what ifs all the time. I'd feel better if the scared feeling passed but it never passes.

    Thank you, whywhy x

  • No hun , your GP wont laugh at you or tell anyone , that is more than their job is worth , they would be struck of

    Everything you tell your GP , is private & confidential , they are not allowed to tell anyone what you have discussed

    It is your anxiety telling you that , but honestly its not the case

    It will not affect your job either , as long as you are able to work

    Lots of people on here suffer with anxiety & still hold their jobs down , so again that's what anxiety has us thinking , but its not the case

    I would go & see your GP , it will be a big step in the right direction for you


  • Hi, we know what you are experiencing and the 'Get Help' section of our website is a good place to start exploring the support available to you:

    For a more detailed explanation of anxiety disorders and how to deal with them we recommend the ‘Overcoming’ series of books. Understanding for yourself how anxiety works and why it becomes a problem will help you a great deal, and these books provide excellent explanations. You can see the range of titles here:

    'Talking Therapies' such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling are some of the most effective tools for treating anxiety disorders. You can find out more about them here:

    Anxiety UK has a large team of qualified and accredited therapists practising throughout the UK who are able to offer private therapy at significantly reduced rates. Fees range from £12 – £50 per session dependant on client’s income. Therapy can be face-to-face, phone or web-cam. Many of our therapists are also able to offer home visits for those members who have difficulty travelling. Therapies offered are Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). You can find out what therapies are offered in your area at:

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