He may indeed be depressed, ( or has he always been potentially abusive ? ) but he still has a duty to recognize that he is not well or behaving appropriately ( ordinary people never try to strangle someone else ) and that he has a duty to seek proper help and advice to deal with whatever his problems are.
It should be well known by now that depression, and panic attacks, generally respond well to treatment. He needs to see at least a GP, or perhaps a doctor at a hospital casualty department, for at least an initial assessment and either first-line treatment or referral to a psychiatrist for full assessment and a discussion of his treatment options, which may include medication and/or counselling. Discuss this calmly with him, making it clear that you are concerned for him, and that he need not continue to suffer these problems and that good help is available.
Apart from seeing some psychiatrist privately, he should be able to get assessment and treatment from a GP, or a doctor at any private or public hospital casualty.
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