anxiety and going back to work

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Linx
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been out of work for about three years as I suffer from depression and anxiety. I had an interview yesterday and thought the whole time I was going to pass out. I had taken my medication before I left the house but I would never had known it. If I get the job what am I going to be like. The anxiety is so bad that I'm afraid at times to leave my home, and I had to have some one go with me yesterday. I try so hard to talk myself through it and calm myself down and tell my self that I can do it. I can do anything if I put my mind ot it. I take alot of anti-anxiety medication now, and don't think I can take any more. Has any one got any suggestions as to what I can do to help with the anxiety other than the medication to help me relax. My psychiatrist recommended music therapy or art therapy not sure what to think aobut that.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Here are a few links to some of our online programs that might be helpful for you. Good luck!

CBT thread

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=734325

Relaxation thread

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=759232

ZEN for Everyday Living

http://www.healingwell.com/library/anxiety/article.asp?author=hoang&id=1


Free CBT Online/MoodGYM

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

E-couch Online, free

http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome


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chirpchirp
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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Linx,
 
How did your interview go?  Have you gotten a job yet?  I completely understand how you feel.  I was out of work off and on for months and have quit several jobs because of my anxiety.  First off, I know this will sound easy to say, but I found that it's better to get out of the house at least once a day - even just for a walk, or a small trip to the store, if possible - or even to the library (check out some anxiety books while there).  Getting out each day, slowly, may help rather than starting a job, everything happening all at once.  Maybe even starta job part time, so it also isn't so overwhelming.
 
Second, no words can express how terrifying panic attacks are.  Every time I have one, I try and tell myself it's a panic attack, and like you, try to calm myself down.  It's the most difficult thing to understand and deal with.  I just started back to work and have had a REALLY trying few weeks.  Luckily I am in a situation where I can take a break and go hide in the stairwell and cry until my anxiety passes.  I only work with about three people and one is my husband.  Working with him and having a cool boss has saved my life and my finances.  I'd just be honest with your employer and tell them what's going on.  I think once you are out there and make it through the day, you'll start to feel so rewarded and slowly feel better about yourself.  Some days I want to leave and run home, but I let the panic attack pass and stick through it.  You can, too!  Just try to find out what would cause you to panic while at work and try and avoid it.  I do better being up and being able to walk around (and not be confined to a register or a desk where I can't get up and leave if I have to).  Then just take it one day, or even on hour, at a time.
 
In case you are wondering, too, I just started taking Lexapro, which is a REALLY difficult thing to do, also - start a new med AND go to work.  The side effect haven't been too bad, but I'd rather not deal with it, especially at work.  I also take klonopin.  Sometimes my anxiety is so over-powering, even the klonopin doesn't work.  I'm beginning to think that some people just need something additional than meds, like the wonderful links that were posted.  I went to the library and checked out some bird sounds, relaxation sounds, sounds of nature, etc.  I also have an mp3 player that I can listen to at work.  I put videos on it, audio books, music... and it helps SO much.  It distracts me from the panic and I can still focus on my work.
 
I'm sorry you are having such trouble.  I'm lucky to have family that "deals" with me and tries to understand.  And I'm lucky to have a good doctor who understands, too.  I hope you have the support you need to get through this horrible time.  But you can do it!  TRUST ME, if I can do, you can do it.  I totally know how you feel and you CAN make it!  At least try!  It never hurts to try! 
 
Good luck!
Tiffany

debaser
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   Posted 2/28/2010 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't rule out that going back to work may be very good for you. Try and keep a positive attitude. Nobody really knows but at first this could be difficult as you get used to a new routine. Or maybe you will take to it like a fish to water.

I'm not sure what "art therapy" is, but I don't think I would be where I am today (mostly recovered) without my art. I think creativity is very therapeutic and is well worth a shot for you. Music is also great...listening to it or making it. Don't dismiss things like this! They can be great tools.
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