Debilitating Anxiety - page 3

Hi everyone, I am in desperate need of help. Please bear with me. This is a little lengthy. Without going into specifics and telling the whole story (simply because it would be an even longer... Read More

  1. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from ijuanabhappy
    I have paralyzing anxiety which has caused me to quit a few nursing jobs (I've only been a nurse 3 years), so I totally relate. I am now trying out L&D and feel completely overwhelmed because I never gave any of my hospital jobs a chance... they were just too much. I didn't realize how stressful L&D could be and how much is there to learn. It is overwhelming. This is also causing me depression and I just feel like my nerves are shot and I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I have been having symptoms of dizziness and almost feeling like I am going to faint. I have a prescription for klonopin but I feel that this doesn't leave me as "sharp" as I need to be. Same thing with Neurontin. I just started taking this a few days ago but it makes me feel very dumb! I think I'm going to try an old prescription of Paxil. I'm desperate. Sometimes I question whether I should even be a nurse
    Please don't start or stop any medications without talking to your prescriber first. Best of luck to you!
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    OMG you guys. I was feeling so alone before I read this thread. Long story short, I am at a crisis with my generalized anxiety disorder and felt that I would have to quit nursing and find a minimum wage job. Thanks for all of the honesty and support. Maybe I (and my family who I support alone) will make it after all. Kim
  3. by   lawandaluxnurse
    I too feel as if I could have written your post, I quit a job last week due to the same anxiety and panic issues, I just didn't go in. I know this is wrong and basically self sabotage, but I literally had a panic attack and could not get myself to leave the house. I am not proud of this as I in the past have been a stable employee of a hospital for 20+ years. I am 48 and have been an RN for 15+ years, I have been on different meds but also stopped going to therapy because of the cost. I know I need to go back and get myself back on track. Thanks for posting, it is so hard to think you are going through something like this alone. I felt that way for along time.
  4. by   lmccrn62
    Have you thought about mindfulness based stress reduction class?it maybe helpful as it is very useful in other areas as well. We actually offer it where I work for all migrs and is mandatory for residents. Good luck! Anxiety sucks but once it's under control life is so much better!
  5. by   Dickmanlindsey
    I am so glad to hear I am not alone.
    I too, am in the nursing field and have went through many jobs (and resigned quickly) because of my anxiety.
    Even when I was younger with non-nursing jobs I have done the same. I have been on many different benzo's, SSRI's etc.. And nothing has stopped this viscous cycle I am in. It's involuntary to me it feels, as if it is happening and I cannot control it. Something beyond my understanding. It must be a performance thing for me as well. I am currently unemployed trying to work through therapy and a regimen of medications. Thank you for sharing, I was starting to believe I was internally lazy or something.
    Lots of love,
    Ps. If you find something that works, please let me know!