Serious changes at work aggravating my panic disorder; now on Vistaril as well

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Camylou
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   Posted 8/14/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
shakehead  There has been a major shakeup at my workplace, in that I and many others will be working new jobs (the jobs went up for bid).  There is a new parcel-sorting machine being installed that will take the place of manual parcel-sorting jobs, and I am one of the 'victims' in the changeover.  I received a 'bid sheet' with 9 jobs on it to select from, placing a '1' in the job I mostly want and on down.  I bid on six of the jobs, which I'm sure one of them I will win.  The problem lies within some of the other jobs I bid on, which include having to round up many mail containers, tag them which will ready an area called "scan and band" for later on in the workday in which the mail is finished being processed and is sent to be scanned into the system before being loaded onto trucks and transported.  When I realized I might have to ready the "scan and band" area after talking with a coworker, I freaked out and had a series of panic attacks that lasted all week; it's hard to find all the equipment you need and sometimes not very much help if at all is given you.  I went to my psychiatrist for help and he placed me on another medication called Vistaril, which is hydroxyzine and is supposed to help stop a panic attack.  So far, I haven't noticed any difference in my feelings when I take it, except I've had a bout of stomach trouble.  I don't know if I'll be able to stay on it or not, I'll just have to see (only been on it for three days).  I'm exhausted from the panic attacks but wanting to go to work to see what's going on, and the mix isn't good.  My income is way down and this is threatening my ability to pay bills.  Today I'm going to work, and I guess I will see what, if anything, has happened toward finding out what job I won and the requirements.  I sincerely hope it is one that will not aggravate my condition.  I've got enough problems already.  I've prayed and given this whole thing over to the Lord Jesus, but I panicked anyway.  Change is hard, especially if you have an underlying condition.  I know there are many there at my workplace that are worried like I am, and I sympathize with them.  It's a scary thing.

I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

G20man
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   Posted 8/14/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Camylou,
Hydroxyzine is actually an antihistamine, it's an old medication that has been used for years to treat mild anxiety . I guess your doctor thought it might help when added to your other medications. It really does very little for panic disorder by itself, but may help other meds work better.
I hope you get the position that gives you the least stress, I know having to rush around isn't very helpful to someone with anxiety. Whatever position you get, ask questions and try to pace yourself. I know it's easier said than done, I've heard how pushy the PO can be.
 
God bless.
 
                              G20man :-)   

Camylou
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   Posted 8/14/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
G20man, thanks for the advice. I hope I get the right job for me too, but I will take small steps to adapt to the new job if it entails duties that aggravate my panic disorder. I'm not afraid to ask questions, it's just mainly moving all the heavy equipment around and FINDING it in the first place.
Thanks a lot, and have a great day.
Camylou
I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

wearyRAsufferer
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   Posted 8/14/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck at work- hope it all works out for you.

Camylou
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   Posted 8/16/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, and pray your arthritis is healed in Jesus' Name. The same power that He can save your soul from destruction, is the same power that He can heal you. I know he'll heal me, let's band together and pray for everyone's healing. Jesus is the answer, for EVERYTHING.
 
Camy,
 
Limited religious references are allowed (ie. "my prayers are with you" or a brief quote as part of a larger post.  Our rules do not allow promoting advocacy of particular personal religious belief.
 
I will ask you to please refrain from posts as the one here and I appreciate your understanding.  Thank you so much.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/16/2010 6:09:21 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 8/16/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
G20man and Camylou
 
Hydroxyzine aka Atarax and Vistaril reduces activity in the central nervous system.  Hydroxyzine is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia. Hydroxyzine may also be used to control nausea and vomiting.

It also acts as an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing and runny nose, or hives on the skin.
I have used it and I know it is still prescribed as a sedative.  This can be a very good drug for some people that do not want to be on a benzodiazepine.
 
Buspar is another good choice for anxiety IMHO.
 
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wearyRAsufferer
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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Camylou- with the risk of breaking rules here I thank you for your kind post and you'll be in my nightly prayers. I share your beliefs. Let us know how things are going.

Camylou
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   Posted 8/17/2010 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I certainly will. It will interesting to see just exactly what is going to happen in the next few weeks at work. The new machine isn't up and running yet, looks to be not even completely put together. They are storing huge flats of magazines and full containers of magazines in my work area, which is making the one mailhandler we have move all that stuff before we can even get started sorting Priority Mail. They are going to have to find another place to store that stuff, just not where we work. I'm going to work today, should be a semi-normal day (as far as the Postal Service is concerned).
I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

Camylou
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   Posted 8/17/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. > I will be careful not to bend the rules again.
I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/17/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Not a problem and thank you for your understanding.  I know you were not bending rules on purpose.  :)
 
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wearyRAsufferer
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   Posted 8/17/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Also don't forget that sometimes when we feel like we have to stretch ourselves out of a comfort zone we are afraid we will fail- but very often we SUCCEED! I hope you get the job you most want but if you get something challenging- I hope you do great!!! That will make you feel most excellent!

Camylou
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   Posted 8/19/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  wearyRAsufferer, thanks so much for the uplifting message! I know I may have to stretch a bit out of my comfort zone to learn something new, but I think I will be OK; its not that I haven't been around the particular job before, just setting it up is all I don't know.  And I will learn how to do that.  Again, thank you so very much for your kind words and I will pray for you.  Have a great day!
Camylou

I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

Camylou
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   Posted 8/20/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Found out I landed a Manual Letters job with Tuesday-Wednesday off and includes helping with scanning mail at the end of the day.  Looks that everything is going to be OK.  Starting date for the job is August 28, so one more week on Priority Mail.  What floored me yesterday was that two supervisors came up to me asking me 'did I know how to set up the "scan and band" area', and I was like heck no---and being supervisors, THEY are supposed to know these things.  And it's a mailhandler job besides, so why are they asking a clerk to do it?  All I do over there is scan, not help set up the area.  Oh, well....
Just thought I'd update on what's going on and that I am going to be glad to be back in Manual Letters where I'm not going to be doing so much heavy lifting.
Love to all and Peace,
Cindy
 
 
 

I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.

wearyRAsufferer
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   Posted 8/20/2010 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Sooooo happy for you! Oh the power of prayer!
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