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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I recently posted here and got a great response. So I have another thing to ask. I am currently suffering anxiety every morning when i have to go to work. Not on my days off only when I have to work. First let me tell you guys I only work part time 9am to 1:30pm It's a real easy job and there is no stress there, but when I was sick last Jan. I became sick while working there and continued to go to work till I just couldn't. I left and started back this past Sept. I was great for a month then it got harder each day to go. I dreaded it. In my mind i think going here everday reminds me of being sick and the feelings come rushing back with that reminder and I feel like my illness is returning. Which is has to a point. I don't have to work, I can stay home it's not a problem. Thanks to my husband for being a great provider.Question? I want to quit!!!!! Do you guys feel it will be a bad descision or do I have enough reason to just say see ya, I'm tired of the anxiety. I don't want to give up on myself, but I also feel this anxiety will subside in the morning if I quit. I don't  take any meds, so I fight anxiety all day.Please throw some advice my way. Thanks for all the support

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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I hate to tell you to quit a job, but if the anxiety is that bad, and you don't have to work, wouldn't it be a lot healthier? It is so totally up to you. How do you feel once you get to work and the day is going on? Are you still anxious? If so, I would definately give myself a break anyway for a while and see.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Personally .......If it were I
I would seek your doc's advise on this

Can you get a time away from work ..........
And see what that may do for you
Maybe just being away for a bit may help
You also may need tech's and meds

Plz keep us posted..............LYN
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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I can only tell you, that from my experience (I quit school partly because of my high anxiety), it has only CONTRIBUTED to my anxiety. My anxiety won over me, I fed into it by giving in, and now it seems to be more frequent than ever before (since quitting -hopefully, temporarily- just about a year ago).

It is good that you are starting to pinpoint your triggers. It is quite common to become fearful of a place where a previous panic attack occurred.

The key question to ask yourself, IMHO, here is: Do you want to work? If you had zero anxiety, would you still want to continue working?

If so, then I suggest you continue on with it, where ever it may be. Otherwise, you are likely to regret it, and that will just cause more anxiety.

What about another job or position within your current employer (or another job at a totally new employer)? That way, the specific location of the previous panic attack would be gone, but you would still be 'overcoming' your anxiety in a way, because you were still working.

In my personal experience with anxiety (and everyone is different, so this may not be the case for you), I have seen that I become much more anxious when I have nothing to do all day. It doesn't mean that the only answer is for me (or for you) is to work, go to school, etc.; it just means that I need to find distractions throughout the day in order to help keep my anxiety level at bay.
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Great input by all.  I am getting the feeling that you want to quit the job and perhaps your using the anxiety as the reason.

I do not mean to offend you.  But people have a right to change their mind and if this job is just not something want to do you have the right to change your mind.

Is there something else you would rather do after the New Year or do you just want a break from working.  We all work at home and as CeCe mentioned you have other options.

Holiday blessings to you



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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have experienced the same thing as Cece. I've quit jobs because of anxiety and it only makes it difficult to get back into one. Giving in to the anxiety is not the answer. You might tell yourself that the job didn't make you sick and you were fine on the job before getting sick. You've gotten caught in a learned behavior of fearing going to work. I would suggest trying to distract yourself in the mornings while getting ready for work. Also, there are meds that you can use on an "as needed basis." Maybe if you knew you had medicine with you if you needed it, that would help. It sure helps me. On the other hand, if a job is awful or your working with someone who makes your life miserable, I say look for another job. Fortunately, that's not the case for you.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

i would look into therapy and possibly a short course of medication to control the immediate, daily anxiety. your doctor will help you with this- be honest about your symptoms with him/her.

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Holly Girl

Boy, you sound like me.  I have so much trouble going to work every day and yes, it feels like anxiety. I had a really bad bout of anxiety last spring, put me in the hospital and not knowing who or where I was, in fact, don't remember most of the time I was in the hosp.  Some of the anxiety was a result of some things at work so now I dread going to work.  If I could quit, I would, and find something else.  But I am two years away from a pretty good retirement and I am the main breadwinner so I have to keep working. 

GG - Krista


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Post Edited (Georgie Girl) : 12/16/2008 2:38:35 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Holly Girl :)

Just wanted to say hello! Don't have too much input for you, because you've been already given tons of advice already :) The only thing I want to stress, is please go see your PCP and talk to him/her :)

Good luck to you with whatever choice you make!!!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)

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   Posted 12/17/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your input. I really appreciate it. This site has made a difference, I find alot of people don't have a problem answering your questions or concerns. I tried other sites and found it hard to comunicate with others. They kinda had a click thing going on between themselves. Anyhow to answer a few of your comments , I don't take meds for anxiety any longer, xanax was not a great thing for me so I stopped after an year and half, lexapro put me in the ER with a bad reaction. So I am staying away from meds for now, I have sensativity to alot of meds, and a bit of a fear of them. I wanted to let Kitt know that quiting my job, and using the anxiety as an excuse is the right excuse for me, anxiety as we all know is one tough condition and if I can ease that by leaving my job, I quess then I am doing that. I woke up this morning didn't go to work, knew I wasn't gonna go and felt so much calmer. I got really sick while working there, so the constant reminder is driving my anxiety up. So since I'll be home, I think I may buy a meditation cd, join a gym, and maybe pretend I'm Martha Stewart. lol. Got to laugh at something. Seriously going to join a gym, and buy a meditation cd, I'm going to see doc next week will ask about CBT. I would like to try it out. By the way, reading the post and hearing the answers in this forum is uplifting to me. I can relate . holly

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   Posted 12/17/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you were able to make a decision and I'm also glad that you're feeling better. The mornings are the worst for me. As soon as I open my eyes, my heart races. Then it's the positive thinkng and biofeedback. I can relate and I honestly hope your mornings are more pleasant from now on!

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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   

If you quit your job, it sounds like a really good idea to replace your work regimen with something else that will keep you busy, allow you to get out and connect with people, and feel happy and productive. The gym is a great thought. Good luck!

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