Confusion about depression and anxiety. Feeling hopeless

Patient

Q: Hey, I'm Phil. I'm going to try and make this as quick as possible. Here goes. I'm 17 and currently studying in college, for the past year and a half i've had this overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, I feel as if my life isn't going anywhere and anything I do can't change that. I havn't been able to concentrate on my collegework for a while and just see it as a waste of time. The only times when i'm happy are when i'm with my girlfriend (who I feel i'm not good enough for and that i'm wasting her time being with me) with my friends (i've not got alot but i've got a few really close ones) or when i'm high (Diazapam or Marijuana). I'm also terrible at socialising, when i'm around people I don't know I tend to panic, I bearly say a word and feel extreamly uncomfortable, i'll go to great lengths to stop myself from meeting new people, i've made myself physically sick a couple of times. A few physical(?) symptoms i've had are a lack of appitite, constant headaches and migranes and trouble sleeping, sometimes getting to sleep and sometimes sleeping far to much and still feeling tired. I've not been to anyone about this because i'm afraid what my parents, friends and girlfriend would think if they knew something was up. i'd just like to know if I should get help or just wait it out and see if it goes away, I kind of felt like this at one point back in highschool but that faded quite quickly. Thankyou for reading.

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