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Depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety

Your mental health questions answered by consultant psychiatrist Dr Ali Ajaz.

Our expert - Dr Ali Ajaz MBBS BSc MRCPsych

Specialising in forensic psychiatry, Dr Ajaz trained in London at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. His interests include cultural psychiatry and medical education.

He completed his core training in Kent and then sub-specialised in the field of forensic psychiatry. In 2011, he became a member of the Public Education Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a year later he was selected as the Podcast Editor for the College. In 2013, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust and became an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Bart’s and the London Medical School. He is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at the University of Bedfordshire.

Dr Ajaz is currently working a medium secure psychiatric hospital in London.

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I need some advise

I feel like I've been suffering from depression and anxiety from a young age, but when I was at high school, I was confident about going and asking my guidance teacher for help, but she just laughed in my face and told me I was being stupid, so I never asked for help again. I have a background story, but I won't bore you with it. I'm 18 now, and these 'feelings and thoughts' i guess, just keep getting worse. Sometimes I can't even get out of bed in the morning. I've never told anyone because I...

1 reply , 288 views skinnylove, Dundee - Thu, 3 Apr 2014


Panic attacks

I find it very hard at the moment to go out and about as i am constantly scared of having a panic attack has anybody got any tips for coping with this .

1 reply , 211 views alyson16, wolverhampton - Thu, 3 Apr 2014


anxiety/dealing with shock

I was estranged from my mother when I was two by courts in Mississippi. I never saw her again until I was 30, and she told me everything I was told about her was a lie. My paternal grandmother who is now dying of leukemia was the culprit in these lies, and it has been difficult to deal with this shock. For the past few days, no matter how much sleep I get I wake up un-rested, tense, and miserable. I take meds for depression, and psychotic disorder. I was diagnosed schizophrenic. My body is...

1 reply , 275 views dustinp, Houston, Texas - Thu, 3 Apr 2014


Adolescent mental health unit

I wish to be in a unit because it's my last option now. I am struggling with everyday life in and out of school. I do not have the courage or the knowledge to ask my mum or Councillor so wondered if anyone had any advice or knew how I could get referred to one.

1 reply , 224 views eveolivia, essex - Thu, 3 Apr 2014



Sometimes I forget to breath, even if I'm doing something simple, like writing this question, or making a cup of tea. Is there away to stop this?

1 reply , 302 views amalmansy, Thu, 3 Apr 2014


Prozac dependency?

I've been on Prozac since my partner pasted away and it is now coming up to 4 months of being on this. Could I become dependent on it? Should I be worried?

1 reply , 234 views Joe, United Kingdom - Thu, 3 Apr 2014

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