Our expert says:
it does sound pretty likely that your boyfriend is sufering from a Depression and/or some related condition such as panic Disorder --- this wouldn't be at all surprising with his family history. Sadly, it also sounds as if he is reacting as far too many people do, by suspecting that there's a problem, but rather than seeing a doctor and getting it fixed, he's scared to see a doctor for fear that the doctor might confirm that his fears are at least in part, accurate.
From the sound of it, his condition is likely to be highly treatable, and he need not feel anywhere near as bad as he does. You can reassure him that he's not "going mad" although it may feel like that to him, but that it's likely this is a package of depressive problems, arising from an inherited instability of some of the chamicals that help the rest of us NOT get depressed so easily ; and highly likely to be effectively treatable --- and encourage him to see a shrink for a proper assessment and advice on treatment options.
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