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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I find help for feeling lost, hopeless and worried?

    At the moment im feeling lost and hopeless a lot of the time. Im worrying about things I do and things I say and worried about mucking up, feeling very anxious and depressed, lost virtually all confidence in things and finding difficult to communicate. Where can I find help?
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    Joe Gubbay

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

    I have worked in public hospitals as well as private practice over the past 25 years. As a clinical psychologist I treat depression, social anxiety, … View Profile

    That does sound like you need to speak to a health professional to work out what's going on, and more importantly how to sort things out so you're not feeling depressed and anxious.  The first port of call should be a GP, who should be able to recommend an action plan.  What your describing is quite common, and your doctor should know how to help.  I can't be much more specific than that as I'd need much more information, but you could be suffering from depression or from an anxiety condition such as social anxiety (social phobia).  There are also other possible explanations.  There are effective treatments, so I strongly recommend that you speak to your doctor.  Some treatment options include medication or referral to a psychologist for short term psychological therapy.  If you don't have a regular doctor, have a look at the Beyond Blue website and you can find a GP with expertise in mental health.

    I wish you all the best!

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    I am a Melbourne Relationship Counsellor and Family Lawyer who is skilful in helping people get out of the pain of relationship distress and create … View Profile

    It sounds like things are feeling overwhelmed just now. It is a courageous step to take to go and see a Counsellor and to get the help you need. Many people feel like this at some point in their lives and counselling can help you find your way forwards and to understand yourself and also learn how to manage your feelings. Mindfulness meditation can also help and there are CDS and free apps that you can get to practice this at home but I recommend therapy with a good counsellor as well. All the best!

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