Is this anxiety?

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
There's no one I can talk to about this, but I've been basically terrified all day. Last night it felt like an electric hand was squeezing my heart, the way you feel when a car cuts you off driving and you think you're about to rear-end them, except that it's lasting hours at a time instead of seconds. I've been glued to a chair most of the day, watching tv and crying. I'm starting night shifts tonight, and I am sitting here getting more and more terrified as I listen to the clock tick and know that I have to leave for work in a couple of hours. This started a few months ago when I graduated school and got my first job working as a nurse. Nursing is hard, lots of the more experienced nurses are kind of mean, and the hours have been brutal, but I knew all that going in to it. I don't think that other new grad nurses are having the same amount of anxiety that I am. Everyone tells me that I worry about nothing (which I know rationally) and that I will get used to my job and everything will be just fine, but these feelings of dread have only gotten worse. I'm at the point where I can hardly keep any food down, and what I do manage to keep down just goes right through me. I saw my doctor last week, and she said I might have mild depression. I also have a vitamin D deficiency. I don't want to be diagnosed with a mental disorder, but I think that my symptoms are at least bordering on the pathological and maybe if I come clean about all of them to my doctor, she will give me a prescription for something that will save my sanity--Buspar?  Sorry to bother a bunch of strangers, but every friend I've tried to talk to today has just patted me on the head and told me to calm down. I really feel like I'm dying.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/6/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like anxiety to me but yes i would talk to your doctor about this.
Anxiety can come out of no where and leave you feeling helpless.
I'm not a doc but to me it sounds like you might be having panic attacks.
I have been to the er because of painic attacks and really thought i am dying from something and no one knows what it is.
There are things that help, I take Lexapro and it helps me but every drug does not work the same for every person.
So i would say go to your doc, let them know what is going on and tell them you need help with this.
Good luck and best wishes!
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/6/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the A & P Forum please take the time to browse our threads.
There is a thread I just posted to re the same type of question as yours, here is the link:
Trust me you have come to the right place to meet people who know what your going through and where your coming from. Think about therapy for yourself.  It would do a lot to help you get centered and learn how to cope with the stress and anxiety of being a new Nurse. :) Keep posting.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/7/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Welcome to Healing Well and I hope you find this to be a very positive and helpful place to be.  I have found HW to be a wonderful community that is full of members who are compassionate and helpful.  With that said, please don't think you are "bothering a bunch of strangers" because once you come here, you are considered to be family.

I'm not a medical professional but what you describe sounds a lot like anxiety to me.  I think you are on the right track when you say you should "come clean" with your doc.  Doing that is the only way to get the correct treatment for yourself - whether that includes meds or a therapist, you need to get on the right track to get this problem as under control as possible so it doesn't control you.  Remember, and being a nurse I'm sure you know this, if you are put on meds it may take a few tries before the right dosage and/or med is found that will work for you.  I hope some of this helps.

Please keep coming back to HW and let us know how you are doing.


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