I have been very shy my whole life, and very self conscious, low self esteem, and paralyzed by a fear of dissapointing others or not living up to thier standards. I did not graduate from high school because I could not stand in front of a classroom to give speeches the last 2 remaining credits I needed for my diploma. I Had my first child 5 yrs ago and have suffered from a mild case of the baby blues shortly after his birth which never seemed to go away, I then became pregnant 12 months later with my second child, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. I have since sunk into a deeper state of depression and anxiety, my fears of other peoples opinions of me comsume my daily thoughts, I have these spells, like driving home from the store and not remembering anything of my drive, or when in public I feel disconnected like its not real. My husband has been trying to get me to see a doctor since the birth of our first child but I cant make myself walk into his office for the shame of it. I cry very very easily over nothing important. The only medication I am on is inhalers for my asthma. I can't go on like this I have to be strong for my family and now life long care of my special child. How should I approach my doctor?
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