Hello White Rabbit... Welcome to Anxiety Zone! My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site.
You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations. It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.
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WR, anxiety and depressive disorders are often times chronic conditions. Unlike situational anxiety/depression, you can't just pull yourself up by the bootstraps and go on your merry way.
I see a psychiatrist for my mental health needs. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, so they can provide you with a diagnosis, prescribe medication if necessary, and tailor a treatment plan specific for your needs. My psychiatrist has me on anti-depressant medication for my panic disorder and panic attacks, and it has worked wonders for me. I also see a therapist (psychologist) who is teaching me cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The combination of medication and therapy has turned my life around.
I highly suggest that you consider seeking professional help.
Again, welcome to Anxiety Zone, WR. The very best to you!... Chuck