You might have anxiety and depression. Statistically, they’re two of the most common mental health disorders. They’re also highly treatable. Therapy works for both. So too does medication. Many people find that both treatments are needed to relieve their symptoms. You’ll have to see what works best for you.
Depression is a mood disorder. That might be why you feel happy one moment and angry the next. It might also explain why you feel hopeless, worthless and have difficulty concentrating. Those are all signs of depression.
Depression also can lead to isolation. If you are not happy or feeling good about yourself, then it is logical that you’d want to be alone. Isolation only serves to worsen the depression. It can be a vicious cycle.
Anxiety and depression tend to co-occur. It could be why you had a panic attack. Without treatment, anxiety can worsen and become more frightening.
Suicidal thoughts are a serious matter. It’s a clear sign that something is wrong. It’s not normal or healthy. Suicidal thoughts are often the result of untreated depression.
I recommend consulting with a mental health professional. Your first session will involve reporting of your symptoms. Typically, the therapist will then determine a diagnosis and suggest a course of treatment. Therapy will teach you how to manage your moods and strong emotions. Treatment works if you’re open to it and willing to fully participate in it. I hope you will consider it. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle