I've been seeing a counselor trying to get help with anxiety and depression. It has come to the point where I can't go to work or to my appointments because of the anxiety. I do not know what to do. I may have seasonal depression. I have info on who to contact to get tested but when I call I hang up. I can't breath sometimes and the depression is so bad that I am worried about my safety. What do I do? I don't think my counselor understands what I'm trying to say and I've seen him four or five times now. I do have some information on getting tested for this depression but I do not have insurance and when I call my anxiety causes me to hang up. Am I supposed to be the one to set up this testing? Can they set it up? I am having the hardest time making myself do this and I know that I am self destructing. Any help provided would be much appreciated. I don't understand why this is so hard for me but it is.
I have no idea what kind of testing would be done, since its easily diagnosed by history. You need to see a psychiatrist for medication so you can get some control over this, then try to cope with a counselor. I have a real problem with the phone, and often postpone simple phone calls to avoid the phone, but you just have to make yourself do some of them or you can't get anything done. Your counselor might help you get an appointment with a dr.
Hi, Kin! You're in a very bad place and we all know entirely what that's like. It's so hard for you now BECAUSE you're anxious and depressed and that's NOT your fault ~ it's a symptom. You didn't do anything to deserve it and you shouldn't be suffering. You don't have to either, but you and only you has to make the decision to stop it and take the first step.
If you can't afford seeing a doctor, you can find mental health services in the phonebook that'll be happy to assist you in finding free or low-cost clinics and helping you get financial assistance if possible. Since you're unable at this point to even work, temporary disability coverage and Medicare may be an option.
I can't tell you how to do it, but you have to want to change and take charge. Once you do that, it becomes much easier. You have every right to be happy and have a normal life. You can and you will!
My best wishes to you. If you just need to talk or have a question we can help with, just holler. We'll do all we can to help because we've all been where you are. WCV
Sounds like you advocate is your counselor. Let you counselor know honestly what a bad place you are in and you inability to make a phone call for further help. Your counselor is there to help but you have to ask for it. Tell your counselor just what you told us. It was clear what you were saying. Maybe calling from your counselors office may be just the support you need to stay with the phone call.
Please seek help if you are starting to fear for your safety. Your life is important. Even if you have to go to a clinic or hospital. Reach out for help.
Your are not alone. You reached out to the wonderful caring people on this site.
With hope and courage J
Kin; sorry your having such a hard time I have been here one thing i found is write down what you are feeling and let your therapyst read it if they can't uncerstand it,Are you taking medication at this point,It is very hard when the full blown anxiety attacks hit or panic,have you tried to breath in a small paper bag when you are having a panic attack.It almost sounds like you are hyperventing breathing very shallow and cause our anxiety to roll away.agoriphobia is a high rate of anxiety and depression but medication and help with a doctor you can make it through this I am a 35 year surviver of this condition if your doctor is not hearing you check out another doctor but i highly recommend you write down things so when you see the doctor hand them your notes because of our fear and anxiety we forget what to say..Good luck my friend keep breathing deep and slow works great for me Chuck Wise Sr. Retired pharmacy technician Cpht. anxiety depression agoriphobia surviver.
I'm so sorry you're feeling like this! There are a lot of people who have been there before medication, including myself. You can also tell Your MD how you are feeling he may be of some help as well.
It sounds to me your counsellor has sort of dropped the ball on this one if you have told them what you have written here. But everyone here has very good ideas, and I can almost guarantee most everyone had been in your shoes. Please keep posted on your progress? Good luck And God bless!
I, too, know this pain. Have you considered a stay in a facility like a hospital so you can be tested and helped while they work out what type of medication will help? Everyone wants to do things on their own, but I found many years ago that I was just too depressed and whatever I did it certainly was not working. It was the smartest thing I could do. Oddly I started feeling better once I found I didn't have to decide any longer. I was very safe there and people actually listened to me. If you decide that it is worth it, be sure you let them know about your feelings of suicide. They will pay attention and they will do all they can to help you. That is why they work there and not in some office collecting the big bucks. You are worth the time and care that can be given. Anxiety can be controlled and depression can be improved. You can work at it. One thing I will tell you. Never feel ashamed to tell someone your fears.
The most amazing thing is one finds that your fears are so much like anyone else's. And they had to work at it too to feel better. I will attach a book that many find helpful. Perhaps starting with reading will help. Sitting alone in fear will not help. I am one of many who care about you. I would like to know you better if you wish. So would many here. We find some good friends. I know you will too. Blessings to you and your search for happiness. It is closer than you think. Karen
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