Depression/anxiety or something else need reassurance

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So i am 23 years old, and October of last year I had my first panic attack ever and ever since then I haven't been myself, it's been almost a year. Been to multiple doctors and had plenty of tests which normal except for the gastritis due to h pylori but after antibiotics it eradicated. But since my first panic attack I have been feeling odd with a multitude of physical symptoms;

Chest tightness (feels like someone is on top of my chest all day everyday)


Shortness of breath



Restless sleep

Stomach issues ever since it started




Feeling sick all the time

Health worries

Doctors keep saying it's anxiety and depression because it happened after my grandfather's death, but I don't really feel any emotions towards my grandfather's death. I feel blank.

Can someone reassure me it's anxiety and depression?

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    Hi. I am also a fellow 23 years old. I had severe depression for 2 years and i can understand how you feel. With the numbness in your feeling, you would have those problem. Even though i have regain my feeling after a rigid schedule of exercise and medication, I still have some symptom from my depression. Feeling blank is something that you would have in common with me. Do you want to ask any questions about it? 
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      You can recover from this. However, talking to your family first is important. It helps you have a better environment for the recovering. Next, talk to your doctor and tell him how you feel about it and what is making you worry. Depression happens when there is a chronic imbalance of chemical in your brain. Medication can help reduce the imbalance temporary and healthy lifestyle and positive environment help your brain relearn how to balance those chemical. It takes time for your mind and body to heal but you can do it.
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    Hi, from what you describe it does sound like depression and anxiety related symptoms. I am of course not a doctor but I can relate to your symptoms. I’ve been suffering for a number of years now and like you I couldn’t understand what set it all off. Sometimes we never know, we just need to manage the symptoms. I take anti depressants and a drug called propranolol which manages the physical signs of anxiety. Mindfulness exercises can be very helpful but can take time to be effective. Our minds are extremely powerful and it is extremely hard to change how they work. If you’re not already on medication it may be worth considering it. It certainly isn’t nice to keep feeling the way you are. Talking is also a great therapy. Do you have a friend or relative you feel you can talk to? If not maybe counselling will help. I’m just about to start that myself. Different things work for different people, it’s a matter of finding what works for you. Best of luck to you, hope this helps xx
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    Hi i am in the same boat but i have a lot more illness on top of depression and anxiety,  i have ibs , severe migraines, eating disorders, insomnia and BDD, its like a shopping list, but believe it or not its all linked, and what sarah said it absolutely spot on , great mind , great ,body, not in the way it looks but in the way it works, and depression can affect anyone at any age, and you do not always know why and though doctors are great they can only deal with drugs and drugs are only one part , you have to find out what caused it or what is causing it, and i will tell you only by experience there will be , it may not be now but maybe something in your past , i am not a doctor but people on this forum come with what they have been through and tell there story and it helps people, and that is what we try to do ,and doctors are brilliant at what they try to do, so hope if this IS what what you think you are suffering it will not go away over night but there is lots of help out there and on this forum, hope you feel better soon
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    Hi Magguirre,

    i highly recommend you get to an internist or gastroenterologist and ask if they think you could have a hiatal hernia. Just don’t let them take your gallbladder out unless gallbladder testing comes back positive. Your symptoms sound much like mine did in the beginning of my process.

    Best,  Martha

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    My first endoscopy i had a 3cm hiatal hernia then after a follow up endoscopy the gastro didnt specify anything he just gave me antiacids cuz i had acid reflux
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      Just because the H Pylori was eradicated doesn’t mean your hernia hasn’t gotten worse. I had a small sliding hiatal hernia 5 years ago with the same symptoms you are experiencing. I now have a giant hiatal hernia that is making my life a living hell and am headed for surgery soon. My acid reflux medicine isn’t working at all any more and I am on a quadruple dose. Once doctors know you have depression, I think they often think whatever symptoms you have are depression related. There may be more going on.

      Doctors also won’t send you for surgery until the medicine no longer works or your quality of life is totally impaired. I started having panic attacks as the severity of my pain increased (chest tightness, headaches, major abdominal pain, vertigo, shallow breathing, eating disorders with malabsorption and vitamin deficiencies  including a quite serious bout of potassium deficiency which can be life threatening. I am depressed and have anxiety and panic attacks due to all of this and have been medicated for them. Go to the hernia forum and read about what others with hiatal hernia (even small ones) are going through. I have read so many stories just like yours....

      Please, please get your hernia checked again. Be insistent. Tell them you feel something is really wrong and that your depression and quality of life are getting worse because of them. Also, make sure you get a record of the endoscopy so you can understand what is happening.

      i feel your pain. Hang in there.

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