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Hi, I'm a brand new user, and I'm here because I don't know how to talk to anyone about this in my present life. I do talk to them about a lot of my known issues, but certain things I keep very hidden.
One thing I kept fairly discreet are frequently re-occuring 'episodes' that have happened since my early youth - somewhere between 6 and 8yrs. I'm sure I need to seek medical attention, but the problem consists of which professional I should seek.
I'd prefer not to preface you with a bias, so before I expand on what I mean I'll detail the 'episodes' I'm speaking of, and my general health.
-Timeframe of about 20s-40s
-I don't have them every day, but the ones I do it happens several times throughout the course of that day, morning until night
-Flashback to dreams/false memories/infrequently real memories
+Quickly after the imagery along with other symptoms fade
-Physically feeling fuzzy and light - throughout my body and especially in my head
-Tightness in my chest/racing heart - and a drop in my stomach, sour feeling but not vomit inducing
-Sometimes chills on scalp, arms and back
-Strong feelings of dread, anxiety increases drastically
-Sometimes feelings of dizziness
-If in conversation I tend to blank out, typically hearing but not remembering someone speaking
-Can still be functioning to a degree - ex: while driving slowing down and hugging whatever shoulder I'm near.
-Slight confusion directly after the event
General Mental Health/Health Information:
-23 in Age
-Eating habits are inconsistent
-I've suffered clinical depression from age 11, diagnosed at 19
-I have high anxiety
-Received a [what I find inaccurate] diagnosis of PTSD last year
I'm unsure whether I should visit a family pracitioner for a neurologist referral or a therapist/psychiatrist/whatnot. Google research will be the death of me, because the scare of Epilepsy is rampant when I try to find answers.
Of course I know I shouldn't scare myself until I see some sort of a professional, but I've grown very anxious very quickly and being in a new area I don't have the luxury of paying a visit to any family recommended doctors.
So now I'm here.
TL:DR - Based on the symptoms and general profile of my health, should I seek a mental health professional or a good old brain scientist?
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