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Does anyone have issuees with Anxiety interfering with their work?

Hi... I'm new at this but I've been struggling with anxiety and depression for years. It seems to come and go with how stressed out I am in my life, and I've recently come into a lot of stress with my health. I finally got the courage to go to my doctor about it, and there's a lot of things that he's suggested doing that are very scary to me and it's made everything flare up all over again. I'm starting a very strict diet that I am struggling with and it seems like everything makes me feel like I'm worthless, which triggers anxiety over how I'm going to end up alone with no one wanting to be around me because I'm freaking out all the time. I'm so scared I can hardly breath sometimes. My brain yells at me that I'm having a heart attack or that I have some weird disease no one can diagnose, or that I'm dying even though my doctor tells me I'm pretty much healthy aside from a few issues. I know it's a long explanation, but these attacks have started to happen in the middle of work where I can't necessarily ask everyone to stop what they're doing and let me take my meds and a breather and regroup. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you handle it? Any help would be really appreciated, and anyone willing to lend an ear more so. I feel so isolated... like I'm the only one who doesn't have it together.
Category: Anxiety 5 years ago
redshoemafia
Asked 5 years ago

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I actually am struggling to get a job because my anxiety is so bad. Not having one makes me feel like I am going nowhere and that I don`t have my life together so I am working with my therapist to try and change it. If you want to talk about it, I am pretty much always available.
Hayley Nicole
Answered 5 years ago
Hayley Nicole

You bet. Before i got on medication (two decades), the floor always felt like it was going to give in. It is difficult to be in front of classroom when the floor is bouncing and lights flicker my concentration away. I had a hard time talking to people without feeling like I had to run. Everyday, I cam home feeling like a wet noodle that had to sleep just to regain the strength to do it again. I had no idea how I was going to work. Luckily, I found a medication that works for me and have been coping very well for the last couple of decades.I am 62 and do not intend to get off the medication. It has made a difference, and I got my life back. It is no different from being a diabetic and having to take insulin. It is helpful for one to get over the shame associated with take medicine. It is not failure. It is called survival. I am so thankful that I gave it a try.
lochlair
Answered 5 years ago
lochlair

Absolutely yes. I'm self-employed at the moment but also seeking interviews/part-time work. I find my anxiety often does its best to make me procrastinate or surrender to whatever new project I've started. Then in the "real world," my social anxiety takes the reigns. I've found slowly but surely that a morning routine before at-home work helps (shower, 20 min. meditation, checking email). If I jump right into work I'm more liable to feel overwhelmed; with an early morning relaxing routine, I find this helps. Haven't yet applied this to my "real world" job hunt, but I'm sure something similar would do me good. I'd recommend some relaxing ritual (mine's about 45-min to an hour) before jumping into work or going out to an interview. Thanks for sharing :)
PanickedPat
Answered 5 years ago
PanickedPat

Please share on the "Working with Anxiety" group, as well. I relate to all of the above posts. I was doing a facilitating a group - and a panic attack came out of nowhere! I couldn't breath or leave the patients alone for security reasons, so I just had everybody start doing deep breathing exercises with me in the guise of a learning tool. One time I did have to step outside and have someone take over. I'm glad you're doctor is being helpful - but if you're like me I'm a perfectionist and if I feel I'm not doing 'whatever' perfectly I start beating myself up, then I get overwhelmed and BAM! - a panic attack. I'm looking for a new job, too. And dealing with all the anxiety triggers that go along. I use medication, yoga, deep breathing, walks, online guided meditations. One of my favorite sites is "Do Yoga with Me." There are free meditations and the best video under beginners called "Loving Yourself." Try that one and see what you think. And I couldn't do this without a tangible support system. A therapist, Psychiatrist, self-help groups online and in the flesh, etc. You are in the right place. Contact me anytime...Namaste
searching for peace
Answered 5 years ago
searching for peace

Yes I work as a bingo caller and I have now for a fours years. Calling bingo is the root of this panic attack irrational fear or whatever it is.( which has started getting worse the past year), When I go to call bingo I can not say the letter B. I have no problem saying any of the other letters.But when I see a B in the monitor, I start struggling and my heart starts pounding and I'm left with the horrible thought, "what if I can't say it?'' It scares me so bad that it is like I am frozen. Its gotten so bad that I'm thinking bout just walking out of my job one day and not ever looking. Although I know the best thing for me is to face it, because if I let it control me what other fear will I develop?
MC121
Answered 5 years ago
MC121

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