Our expert says:
As you understand, a good diagnosis is best made after a careful and thorough in person assessment. From your description, it sounds as though, while PTSD, regular type or complex, might well be part of your problems ( and very understandable after the clearly traumatic experience you had in regard to your husband's death ) there may be more than that. You seem to be also describing depression ( which would also be likely ) and perhaps also a degree of agoraphobia, as you mention more than once the strong reluctance to leave your home. ( though it's significantyly less likel if you were able to visit your friend in another country, fairly recently ).
You don't mention in what way the psychiatrist began treating you. While psychotherapy especially of the effective CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) variety could be very useful, most psychiatrists would be likely to want you to try medication, too. Fortunately, because there is a degree of overlap between their chemistry, antidepressant medicines, and there are many to choose from ) can be really useful for PTSD, Depression, anxiety and agoraphobia.
It is usually wise, when one is feeling as miserable and unsure as you describe, not to make major life changes or decisions with major impacts, if this is temporarily avoidable. It's better to work with a suitable expert to relieve your mix of symptoms, and make more major decisions when you are stronger and more able to be surer about what would be best for you. Maybe think of getting a second opinion, and a fresh assessment from another psychiatrist, and ask also if he can refer you to someone skilled at providing CBT counselling.
Maybe it's as well if your friend isn't available right now, for whatever reason, to give you time to sort things out within yourself. Remember, too, to consider what treatment facilities are or are not available in this other country, in case you might need further treatment in the future. It would not be good to place yourself somewhere where comprehensive psychiatric / psychological treatment isn't readily available, if you might need it.
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