Hi Jamie, Do you work for a large company? If your employer has at least 50 employees you are entitled to 12 weeks of medical leave under the Federal families and medical leave act. You would need a written letter from your doctor and your boss would have to give you forms to fill out.My son had to do that. He took a medical leave of absence from his teaching job because of epilepsy. Are you sure you want to tell your boss what is going on as far as the panic and anxiety? You might want to consult a therapist and see about getting some anti-anxiety medication to help with the problem. That might be a better choice to start out with as often others do not understand depression and anxiety. If you have a good job with benefits you may want to consider holding on to it especially if you have medical benefits. And the therapy would probably be covered. I used to have terrible anxiety and panic attacks and with the right meds I lead a pretty normal life. You may need to consider how important the job is to you as jobs are hard to come by these days and you don't want to end up losing it if your boss doesn't understand. These are just some suggestions. Please keep posting on the forum and letting everyone know what you decide to do. I wish you the best and truly do understand your problem. Be sure to take good care of yourself.
Post Edited (jamie2828) : 7/7/2008 9:12:01 PM (GMT-6)
Jaime, If you work for an employment agency maybe they can get you another job. I don't know where you live but should you get fired you can apply for unemployment insurance. Certainly a medical condition would allow you to have unemployment benefits and they are almost always for 26 weeks. That would give you enough time to get back on your feet. And hopefully you have a friend who could take you to the unemployment office. I had to file for unemployment once and I did get it. Fortunately I did find another job. Do you have any family near you who can give you some emotional support? I think it is always helpful if you have family you can count on. If not I hope you have some friends who will be helpful to you. Again, please keep posting and let us know how you are doing. It is important for you to know you have a wonderful family of friends here on this forum. Will keep you in my prayers.
Shy is right, I too would get a letter from my physician stating that due to medical reasons you need a leave and that way you are protected.
Also it is a responsible thing to do, it shows you are under the care of a physician. While your getting that letter I would have a good medical exam to see if there is anything else physically going on with you.
You have recieved some good advice from all the members who have posted.
Good Luck and keep posting.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Post Edited (jamie2828) : 7/8/2008 10:56:12 AM (GMT-6)