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Why do I feel depressed when outside my native place?

Q: I am a 33 years old male. I feel depressed whenever I go outside my native place. A few days back, I got a new job outside my native place. After some days, I started feeling depressed and cried a lot. Negative thoughts started popping in my mind, which made me more depressed. Then, I decided to come back to my native place. Now, I am feeling happy after returning back home. I just cannot live without my family. Moreover, I get scared whenever I have to travel by bus or train. I became very conscious about my health and other problems. How can I lead a normal life without my family?

A:The situation you describe might be an anxiety problem. In order for you to be helped, you need to talk to a mental health professional, and give a complete history of your anxiety symptoms, and your relationships with your family. It might be that talking with a social worker or psychologist would help you to get at the root of the problem, so that you would be able to travel, work away from home if you want to, and so on. It is also possible that you might need to take medicine to calm your anxiety, I think talking to a mental health professional, a social worker or psychologist, first, would be the best way to start.


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