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P-Fit
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   Posted 9/17/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been having a really hard time lately. I just feel like I want to get off of this wheel sometimes. My job is SO stressful and things just keep happening to my firends and loved ones. I just found out yesterday that one of my good friends husband is dying. He has advanced lung cancer and they're giving him 1-2 yrs max.
 
I woke up this morning with a panic attack...had pain in my arm and felt like I was going to pass out. I'm sitting here at work trying to avoid a panic attack. I think I may need to take a leave of absence. sad
Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 


katekate888
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 9/17/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
P-fit,
I cant say I completely understand your circumstance, but I know what you are going through. When it rains, it pours. But you have to remember that "your higher power" never gives you more then you can handle. I know it sounds corny and redundant, but i truly do believe that everything happens for a reason, and if we continue to search, we will find out why. I bet you that your friends husband is going to live these next 1-2 years to the very fullest!

I know how the panic in the morning feels. Esspecially the week before my you-know-what. Is your job too stressful in general or just because of the circumstances?


Hang in there (((HUGS)))

Kate

stkitt
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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi P-fit,

You can take steps to lessen the chance of attacks and learn to manage them better.  Learn to recognize a panic attack.  When you sense the first symptoms, know that other symptoms may follow. You have survived them before and can do so again.  Try slow, deep breaths.  

Take your time.  It's important not to hope for a quick cure.

Therapy takes time, and improvement comes in small steps. CBT is a great therapy for panic attacks.  

Go easy on yourself.  People who feel panic tend to be overly critical of themselves.  

Learn to lower your level of everyday anxiety through a variety of techniques, including meditation and exercise.

Avoid stimulants, such as nicotine and caffeine, which can be found not only in coffee, but many teas, colas and chocolate.

Be good to yourself.

Keep posting.

Kitt


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 9/18/2008 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Dee,

I'm sorry for the bad news in your life. It is hard to hear that someone you know is dying, and it's not made any easier by a stressful job. You have done very well to get into work, so I take my hat off to you. I find that writing down all my stressfull thoughts before I go to bed and when I wake up again helps. I also plan what I am going to do about it and give it a timeline. I find this really lessens my chance of having high anxiety at work, I just put it in my "book" later on.

If you feel you ned a leave of absence then look into it. Can you get any counselling through work? Do they pay for stress leave? It can sometimes be a comfort just to know what your options are. Keep us posted and again, congrats for getting into work and sticking it out.

Hugs,

Meg


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P-Fit
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 9/19/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
katekate888 said...
P-fit,
I cant say I completely understand your circumstance, but I know what you are going through. When it rains, it pours. But you have to remember that "your higher power" never gives you more then you can handle. I know it sounds corny and redundant, but i truly do believe that everything happens for a reason, and if we continue to search, we will find out why. I bet you that your friends husband is going to live these next 1-2 years to the very fullest!

I know how the panic in the morning feels. Esspecially the week before my you-know-what. Is your job too stressful in general or just because of the circumstances?


Hang in there (((HUGS)))

Kate
I've been with the same company for over 15yrs(laid off but came back), but they moved me to this position recently. I had no choice, it was either go to this dept or get laid off. I was laid off before for 2yrs so my severance is not built up. This position is production based and fast paced...VERY STRESSFUL!! There are many changes happening at my office right now, so hopefully something in a different dept will open up soon. I'm just trying to hang on until that happens. I'm not sure I can move up if I go out on leave. They may hold it against me.
 
I can totally relate to the anxiety and panic around "tha time". I've been trying to chart it over the last few months and I see a spike in my symptoms around that time. Maybe perimenopause on top of my GAD and PTSD.
 
I have great benefits that will pay for short term disability and keep my job secure if I do intermittant leave (that is unpaid though). They have a program that gives 10 free counseling sessions and then if I need more, it woulld go under my medical/mental health  benefits ($15-$25 co-pay). I am blessed to have great benefits and options in that area.


Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 

Post Edited (P-Fit) : 9/19/2008 8:13:44 PM (GMT-6)


percycat
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   Posted 9/20/2008 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Dee,

I'll sure keep my fingers crossed for you that you can transfer to another department. Feeling frazzled on and by your job is really rough - it takes so much out of you!

percycat

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 9/20/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   

P-fit,

I so understand your panic at work.  I had the very same thing and I got to the point where I was standing in the corner of my office crying and begging my God to please help me.  I could see no way out other then to take early retirement.  I did not have the presence of mind to remember my short term and long term disability.  No one brought it up in Human Resources nor did my direct boss.  My boss knew what was going on with me. cry

So I resigned and have been eating up my retirement money to live on.  I wish I would have had a friend at the time who would have helped me remember my benefits. 

I am glad you are remembering your benefits, use them.  You have earned the right to use them when you are ill.

I worked for the same Hospital for 26 years and I still cry over spilt milk and how no one step forward to help me.

I so understand your situation and I am here for you.  Email me if you would like to.

I support you 100%.

Gentle hugs and prayers

Kitt

 


 

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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
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