I'm not sure if this is in the right section or not, but I'm hoping that someone can give me some insight :)
Sometimes when I get really anxious, or things in life are a little unstable, I get this terrible feeling in the middle of my chest. It's hard to describe, but I just feel empty. It's like there's a huge, aching, gaping hole in my chest and I'm struggling to keep it from caving in. I normally only get it at night/in the evenings, and thus it keeps me from sleeping. Sometimes clutching a pillow or other object helps a little, but it's very hard to get rid of and almost feels like a physical pain.
So, my question is: what exactly is this feeling? Is it anxiety or depression or something else?
I'm not new to anxiety problems, but was unaware that it was anxiety until recently.
Thank you so much!