Moving anxiety

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   Posted 6/29/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually post in the IBS forum, with my random gastrointestinal idiosyncracies, but I've posted here on occasion and this is probably a good time.  I've lived in Alaska for six years and I came from the East Coast.  When I moved here, I had a good few months of constant anxiety (it didn't help that I moved in the beginning of September 2001 - and didn't know a single soul).  I've been on Zoloft since then and it definitely has helped.  Just bumped up to 200 mg, actually.  But I'm having what most people would call very typical moving anxiety, doubled with the following: starting medical school in six weeks, leaving the work I've done for four years (with abused/neglected children), heading to the desert (where it's 115 degrees, compared to my usual 50-60), leaving the friends I made since the college years, and being newly engaged.
I know it's normal to be experiencing some anxiety, but I'm the type who needs to talk it out instead of letting it fester.  And I feel very comfortable on this forum.  I hope to be the type of physician (probably family practice or peds) who will hear out my patients, not rush them, not be too quick with the drugs but not feel uncomfortable in prescribing them, and just overall being a real person.  I know this is a lot at once and I'm okay with some level of anxiety...but it makes me feel better to write it out.
Thanks for letting me...let.  Feels better.  :-)
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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish you all the very besthun and hope the anxiety settles very soon xxxx

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   Posted 6/30/2007 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Like you said, it's normal to feel anxious at this point in your life.  It will be difficult to adjust but remember that things will be OK.  Remember back to when you moved to Alaska... it just takes a little time.  Don't forget, you have your HW friends to support you and you also have that wonderful fiance of yours.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Take care of yourself, my friend.  I am always here for you.

~Very special hugs to you~

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   Posted 6/30/2007 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, sweetie!  I am feeling better today.  What a rollercoaster.  You are the ABSOLUTE BEST!

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   Posted 6/30/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello and welcome to Anxiety/Panic anytime.  We love helping members.

I am so glad you were able to sit down and write out your fears, and they are certainly justified. Fear of the unknown versus the comfort of the known is very real.

What a great person you surely must be having worked with the children and now off to med school.  I know you will do wonderful and the anxiety will calm down. What a very noble profession you have chosen.

You have my support so just keep remembering you have a family right here on HW.

I wish you all the best! Hugs and Prayers.


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   Posted 6/30/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yeah. I can identify with you! I recently went through this very same thing: moving, quitting a job I liked, and plus I had to stay with family for a while until I was trained for my new job and was ready to settle in Dallas.

The worst part of it for me was the actual moving and the getting ready to move. It just sort of seemed to loom over me for a while, and then when I started packing things up I sort of freaked out. Having lived alone for several years, I thought it would be very difficult to live with my Dad for several weeks (their office is at home, complete with employees and I NEVER had privacy). But it wasn't that bad. I did, however, have a more IBS-like symptoms during that time. In spite of that, it was actually a positive experience because there's no doubt in my mind I can still hang with people. After being alone for so long, you're just not sure. And since I've been in Dallas I've been hanging out with friends every other day or so. Life is good.

So you're moving to start med school, huh? Well, it's a dry heat out there and it probably won't be quite as bad as you're imagining. And you'll make LOTS of friends in medical school. I've known several people who did that, and the pressure and competitiveness helped them formed bonds, so they said. So you'll do alright.

In my case I knew my move would be for the better, but I experienced a ton of increased anxiety regardless. So, yeah, it's normal. Any big change like that will get your emotions all sideways.

But you always have to look at the positives, no matter how insignificant they may seem: You're doing a long move, for instance. That's hard, but it some ways it's easier because you get to REST on the way. I did a cross-state move and found that it was much easier than a cross-town move for that reason. And, in generally, change is usually a good thing.

Best of luck to you!

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