I am sorry you are depressed.
I can understand and identify with your depression as a result of the horrific events in the US.I dont know where exactly you are, but I can understand that it is worse for those who are in the area and close to New York.
September 11 was one of the worst days for me....I went through hell, and the next few days were some of the worst in my life.But I coped reasonably well with the magnitude of the tragedy, if only because I blocked myself completely out from what was going on - I did not switch on the TV, I did not touch the radio or even the internet for months.
We have all had our ways of coping with the tragedy of Sept 11 - this was my way.For others watching what was going on and following was their way.
I understand that the US will need an enormous amount of psychological support - psychotherapy, counselling, group therapy and even frank psychiatric intervention so that it can cope with the tragedy that has befallen it. The needs are undeniably great.
If you are depressed about your life or about September 11, then my advice is this -
1 ) Get as much support from you family and friends as you can.Tell them about your problem and remind them to orient their behaviour towards you in the knowledge that you suffer from depression.Remember that rationalizing what you are going through is a big help as it helps you to understand what you are facing.
2 ) Join a support group dealing with depression - particularly depression caused by September 11.I do not know if anything like this exists at all, but it would be a good idea to have Sept. 11 support groups - where people could talk about their feelings, vent their anger etc and share their experiences in the aftermath of the catastrophe.I am sure Post traumatic stress disorder is going to be seen in survivors, and group therapy is possibly one of the best forms of dealing with it.
3) Talk to survivors and the bereaved, if you can. I have found by working in psychiatry that dealing with other people's problems is a good way of forgetting your own and finding strength by being a strength to others.
4 ) Should all else fail, make sure you see a psychiatrist, or at least a counselling psychologist.
They may be able to prescribe anti-depressants.The latter can be very effective.
5 ) If possible, try to do something that will make you feel that you are part of a process that will never allow Sept. 11 to occur again.If you could, try to join a security organization - maybe a career in law enforcement can help to come to terms.
And oh yes....about anxiety.Anxiety is so much part of the overall picture of depression that sometimes I wonder why psychiatrists do not put it down as a symptoms of depression itself.If you feel a panic attack coming up at any time, try to have someone who is supportive, and who is understanding.If necessary, your GP can prescribe an anxiolytic such as valium.
One thing I am certain of, depression, irrespective of the cause can be treated and defeated.