Can anxiety/depression make you physically ill?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 344
   Posted 11/1/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else have problems with dealing with anxiety/stress that make you physically ill?  I wasn't feeling well on Tuesday, so I called my doctor, who told me I probably had a virus and to drink lots of fluids and take it easy.  So, I called in sick, but ended up coming in for a half day since I was feeling better.  But, yesterday I felt worse and never really got of the couch.  I was hot and then cold, stuffy head, a bit of a cough, and just ached all over.  I had no energy and I even cancelled my therapist appointment - something I haven't done since I started seeing her over a year ago.  But, I felt a lot better today, so I went in for the full day but already had an allergy shot appointment scheduled, so I left an hour and 15 minutes early.  The thing is is my boss seems to think that I only get sick when things start to get crazy at work (i.e. my work load significantly increases.)  And I tend agree with him.  I've never handled stress well and when I'm working like crazy - not taking lunch breaks, much less 15 minute breaks, and sometimes working 10-12 hour days, (which is what I was doing when I got sick at the end of September) it's usually just a matter of time before I get sick, since my system can't handle that much stress.  He made a comment to me today about the "significant" amount of time I've taken off.  For the last pay period, which runs every two weeks I took 9.75 hours off.  (I took one Friday off and came 45 minutes late one morning after watching the 1st game of the World Series - which he understood, and an hour and a half for my therapy appointment.)  Plus, I put in over 3 hours off overtime.  Now, I still have over 30 hours of comp time and 150 hours of vacation time and 90 hours of sick time, so it's not like I don't have time to take off.  I'm really frustrated, since he doesn't always stop to think, he can sometimes just blurt things out that can be hurtful when he isn't thinking, since he typically isn't the person signing off on my timesheet - my other boss usually does and she just usually kids me about the amount of comp time I've just earned.  On top of it, I feel like I get a double standard from him at times.  I mean I recently got my annual evaluation, which said I "exceeded expectations" especially regarding the amount of time I put in.  I had over 149 hours of comp time last year.  And now, it seems like he's mad at me for being sick.  It's not like I went into Boston to celebrate the Sox victory, or something.  When my therapist called me back to reschedule my appointment, I could barely stand up, I got really dizzy and light-headed.  I completely slept through Halloween and never even heard the UPS guy walk up three flights of stairs to drop off a package outside my door.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 11/1/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   


I believe when your body is stressed from lack of sleep, nutrition etc you come down with virus and illnesses easier but it seems more like your concern is about how you react to what people say and think. 

You obviously have a good work record and have earned your sick leave.  You have your physicians to back you up so I would try not to put to much on what your bosses are saying as this is causing you anxiety, IMHO. I seems to me that you are a very valued employee and your boss is lucky to have you.

You may  be  picking out  negative details and dwelling on them exclusively, so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened. Attempt to turn this thinking around and look at the positives.

I hope you keep posting and I wish you peace.


Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression, GERD, Osteoarthritis
*Wife of a Crohnie*
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, September 24, 2018 7:57 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,262 posts in 329,320 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161825 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, TheRayf.
319 Guest(s), 7 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
dbrookenz, Kokopuff7, PeterDisAbelard., cashlessclay, BillyBob@388, Cashed Out, 61Impala