Okay I am in my last semester of my 1st year of nursing school to be an RN. I LOVE it and I am making very good grades. The workload I don't have to say is HUGE!!!
I'm not crying or unable to do my work with lecture or clinicals. I have ONE year to go and now this week--ANXIETY-- over load!! :imbar I had a panic attack last monday & tuesday. I have had mild/consistant anxiety every since last week. I got some PRN med from my doctor and have taken then PRN this week, however since my symptoms are still present (except a full blown attack) my doctor wants me to start Paxil (a mild dose) to see if that helps and limits/controls my attacks. The anxiety/panic attacks run in my family so he seems to think just b/c of my family situation, my stress load with school and then everyday life I need to start the Paxil. I am very apprehensive about starting the Paxil. I have never taken anything near like that and I am worried from the "bad" side effects I have heard from some past users. I do know some people that take it Qd and are fine with it. I guess if I need it I have to take it. My question is: is this an indication that maybe I can't Handle nursing? should I consider a change in careers? Or do you think this may be a bump in the road? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Mar 9, '04
I am VERY GRATEFUL for the good responses I've gotten from you all. Thanks so much for taking time out to help me.
Your responses make me feel like I'm "normal" and it's not just me. It helps to know that other's have been thru it. You all seem like strong willed people. It's hard to tell co-students what you are going thru - they are all going thru the same as me - but don't need med help. So it's a little belittling telling them what I'm going thru. And I hate to blame my anxiety just on nursing school, it almost seems like a cop-out. In the last year and 1/2 I have had a rough time dealing with the loss of father, unexpectedly, and my best friend (and neighbor) both of whom I saw daily, and were big supports in my nursing. My best friend died of cancer, the dx and the death within in 6mths.
After reading your responses and talking with my husband and my friends and having the desire to get better and to get thru nursing school I did get the prescribtion filled for the Paxil. I start it today. So maybe in a few weeks I'll be back to my ole' self. I'll have to let you know how I'm doing!
THANKS again -
Last edit by prenurse on Mar 9, '04