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sis37
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 4/8/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am just wondering how everyone is able to handle working?  I have had anxiety and panic attacks since the age of 19 I am now 37.  It usually only happens to me about once every few years.  I have been a stay at home mom for about 9 years now. My husband is starting to pressure me to work,because we could use the extra money. Its not that I dont want to work, believe me I would love to get a job and help out with bills and things.  But I just cant do it. I went for  a job interview last week,and got the job.  Well I looked for every excuse in the book as to why the job wasnt right for me.needless to say I turned the job down because I went into a full blown panic attack. I just feel like my husband deserves so much better than me,because I dont think I will ever overcome this working thing.
Dxd with UC in 2001, was put on Cipro,Metronidizal and Asacol.
had 2nd flare 2006 put on Rowasa enemas, Asacol.
Current meds Asacol 2, 3x a day.as maintenance therapy.


ryleigh
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Total Posts : 251
   Posted 4/8/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,  I totally understand..   I have IBS which has turned into anxiety/panic agorophobia..  I have a real hard time leaving the house..  I was able to get disability because of it.. That does help with the bills..  My husband is very understanding..  I just want to be normal again.. I am working on it..  Take Care...

Ryleigh


janetlee
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   Posted 4/8/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi!

I am 42 and have been on SSI disability for about 13 years or so. I tried to work but couldn't cuz of the anxiety/panic attacks. My first job at 17 was at Kmart and I trained for 1 day, went to bed that night, woke up in the middle of the night with a panic attack...I couldn't go back...I tried a couple of more time thru the years to no avail. If I had known then what I come to know later, perhaps my story would be different. If you can get help to deal with your panic, you may be able to work, but if not, you'll need a medical documentation to get approved for disability and it's a long row to hoe.

Let us know how you do!

janet


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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 4/9/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you take any medication for you anxiety or have you had any other help about how to deal with this problem? That is the place to start, trying to overcome and control the anxiety. It can be done. I take meds and use other methods such as complimentary therapy, relaxation, exercise, yoga ... and this does work for me.
I used to be a nurse but have now left as I found the job making my anxiety worse. The hospital was a very stressful environment. The best thing to do is actaully sit and think about what you would like to do and what job interests you. When I left nursing, i trained in beauty and complimentary therapy and now work for myself. I love it and the job I do actually helps my anxiety.

Victoria x

Moderator ~ Depression and Anxiety Forum

Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX


andwes
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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been working for over 35 years in order to support my three children (single mom) and it STILL terrifies me to start a new job.  I have just been offered a great one here where I'm temping and I'm looking for ever excuse not to take it - I also think that as you get older it's just so much harder to make changes, at least for me.  So it doesn't matter whether you've worked all your life or NEVER worked before - getting out there and starting something new can be scary as hell - I just TRY to take it one day at a time and say to myself "well, if it doesn't work out, what's the worst that can happen, I'll find something else.  That's the one good thing about doing temp work - you don't feel as tied to it permanently and can move on to something else if it doesn't work for you - only problem is you don't get insurance coverage unless you pay through the nose.  Maybe that would be a good route for you to take as you wouldn't feel so "trapped" by the job.

sis37
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 4/9/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all your replies. Victoria, no dont take meds for it. it least not since I was 19. I thought I had it pretty much under control until this job thing came up.
my sister has that Lucinda Basset tapes, I think I will see if I can borrow it from her since its doing nothing but sitting on her shelf collecting dust. Dont really want to take anymore meds, also have colitis,and I feel like thats all I do is take pills all day.
Dxd with UC in 2001, was put on Cipro,Metronidizal and Asacol.
had 2nd flare 2006 put on Rowasa enemas, Asacol.
Current meds Asacol 2, 3x a day.as maintenance therapy.


LondonGirl22
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 1629
   Posted 4/9/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I can understand that you don't want to take any more pills - sometimes when people suffer chronic conditions and take meds every day, they feel like they rattle!
Have you thought about any confidence and self esteem classes? See if there are any in your area and concentrate on the alternative ways of combatting anxiety.

Keep in touch

Victoria x

Moderator ~ Depression and Anxiety Forum

Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX


sis37
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 4/9/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yea, Ill check into that. Anything is worth a try right now. Thanks Victoria.
Dxd with UC in 2001, was put on Cipro,Metronidizal and Asacol.
had 2nd flare 2006 put on Rowasa enemas, Asacol.
Current meds Asacol 2, 3x a day.as maintenance therapy.

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