My nerves are shot!

  1. I am at the point where I think I am losing it (mentally)! And I feel like such a loser for it. I like school but clinicals are making me a basketcase. I can't stop stressing over them. I don't sleep, my stomach is always in knots, I throw up, I yell at my kids. I'm shaky and I have a continual headache. I've also been having panic attacks. The times that are the worst are the day before clinical and day of clinical. I find myself obsessing over everything that happened that day. "Did I give her the call light? What if I didn't and she got up and fell? Its the smallest of things that plague me and it is driving me CRAZY. I think, "God is this career for me?" But the thing is, I love it when I'm at the hospital. The anxiety doesn't affect me there. So I don't want to give up, its just that my home life is a mess from it. I just need to find a way to let things go, and gain confidence in myself. My husband says he can't live like this. I know that I'm making him miserable. I've even debated taking anti-anxiety meds. I think that I've always had anxiety problems, but they tend to be coming out more with the stress from school. Any thoughts or personal experiences with anxiety?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   jon_kulas
    The day before clinicals, I usually get nervous.. got sweaty, and "tachypneic", and my mind whirls. I have told this experience to a clinical instructor and it helped a lot. The fact that there is someone who understand what youre going through helps. She also said that I should "identify" those things that make me go "whirlies" and act on it before it gets worse. So What I do is identify and write down all the things that triggers the anxiety, then find a way to minimize it. It works for me. Hope this helps.
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    Same way. I get paranoid in the day or two before clinical, then I end up being fine once I get there. It's just becoming comfortable with new patients and learning how to cope. It will get worse as LTC switches to acute care next semester.
    I generally tend to id my triggers, then just keep telling myself "you know what to do. Do it right, and there won't be an issue." Take a breath, a day off, and remember that family's first, school second.
  5. by   JentheRN05
    I developed severe anxiety in my 3rd year of nursing school. It was severe enough that I had been put on clinical probation for a semester because of my anxiety. It ended up coming out in my clinicals. Don't let this happen to you.
    Learn meditation techniques or get to your doctor for anti-anxiety meds.
    My instructors urged me to do this, and I did.
    My first 2 years of nursing school, I kept my anxiety at bay with meditation and relaxation techniques. If you learn them well enough you can put yourself at peace in a moments notice. It worked for 2 years of nursing school. You have to take care of yourself in order to be able to safely take care of others. Always remember that.
  6. by   Curious1alwys
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I developed severe anxiety in my 3rd year of nursing school. It was severe enough that I had been put on clinical probation for a semester because of my anxiety. It ended up coming out in my clinicals. Don't let this happen to you.
    Learn meditation techniques or get to your doctor for anti-anxiety meds.
    My instructors urged me to do this, and I did.
    My first 2 years of nursing school, I kept my anxiety at bay with meditation and relaxation techniques. If you learn them well enough you can put yourself at peace in a moments notice. It worked for 2 years of nursing school. You have to take care of yourself in order to be able to safely take care of others. Always remember that.
    :yeahthat:

    It'll only get worse if you ignore it.

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