Traveling to Work - agoraphobia

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   Posted 3/2/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I'm going to be making an appointment with my doctor about a gradual return back to work.
But my problem is, I no longer live in the place my job is, so I'd have to travel.
Not being able to be in a safe place, incase something happens... really causes my anxiety to rise. Even thinking about it, my heart rate goes up and I get a dreadful feeling in my stomach.
It's 30 minutes of highway from where I am to my work, then I have to work and be able to drive back. My concern is... what if something happens anywhere along the way... what am I going to do? What if my leg decides to start hurting and I can't drive? What if I have a panic attack at work? What if I'm just not ready to start working again and I'm forcing myself to early?
There are so many unknowns... and right now I don't even leave my house on a good day. I know I have a problem, but since I moved I haven't been able to see any of my councillors (they all live that 30 minutes away).
To move back to where I work I need money, to get money I have to work.
But I'm still going to do this... I'm going to go back to work... I just don't like it.
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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have made my return back to work today after being off for more than 10 weeks due to my anxiety, and i just went in for a few hours and i will tomorrow and for rest of week and maybe next week as well,but all in all was not that bad had a few anxious moments during the day but managed to keep it all together and im just going to take each day as it comes and you got to beleive in yourself and know you can overcome this, you can do it.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   


I took a part time casual position after being off work for almost 3 years. I am scheduled tomorrow and I am feeling anxious about it too.  As a casual you may not work in the same school for months so you feel like every day you go there is like the 1st day.

I understand your anxiety but I know you can do this.

Hugs to you



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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   

I just wanted to wish you the best of luck my friend :) I know you can do it!
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   Posted 3/4/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
:) I'm drinking tea.

Thanks for the support guys.

It'll work out, it's gotta :P
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.

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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing youyou all the best
I know you  do what you can and you are
making a great start by seeing doc IMHO
Fight a good Fight and let us support you


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/5/2009 12:23:33 PM (GMT-7)

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