You seem to know what the problem is but have yet to seek help. Untreated depression and anxiety is negatively affecting your life. That is why it is important to seek help as soon as possible. The symptoms you have described are common among people with depression and anxiety and are treatable. Mental health professionals will know how to help you.
There was a recent study by economists exploring the connection between misery and untreated mental health problems. They found that untreated mental health problems cause more misery than both poverty and unemployment. They also observed that the majority of people with mental health problems are not in treatment. Misery endures precisely because most people don’t seek treatment.
You are clearly suffering and thus the next logical move would be to seek help. Perhaps your writing to us, at Psych Central, is the first step in your help-seeking process.
Another recent study showed that most people struggle with mental health problems at some point during their lives. The problems tend to be short-lived but suffering occurs nonetheless. Suffering increases when people delay receiving treatment or when they don’t seek treatment at all.
Therapy could be very beneficial for you. College counseling centers typically have mental health professionals available to assist students, free of charge. I would highly recommend that you visit your college counseling center. If you need longer-term treatment, they will refer you to those services. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle