Hey there. This is my first post on AN. Been stalking the posts since nursing school
. Well let me say Im one confused lady here. Ha. Been in nursing as an Lpn in ltc now since 2010. Started as a Cna in 2004 till becoming a nurse. Anywho, Ive been on leave from work for last four months to get myself straight.
Was having increased anxiety from tolerance to klonopin. On top of anxiety was a lot more confusion and tiredness plus depression. Went to primary and he gave me a schedule to come off the benzodiazapine.
So, here I am after the withdrawl and looking now at my old anxiety straight in the face. Over the four months I have become agaraphobic. Not to the point where I will not go out at all. Pretty bad.
My question is how do you go back to work and just do it. My confidence is shook. I was working as a CNA to take a mental break from nursing. Management has been understanding. They really have been wonderful.
Now its time to go back. Anyone out there on AN ever been in a similar situation? I have thought myself out of going back to the dementia unit and staff I know and love back there. Thank you for reading this rambling post. And any encouragement and advice from fellow nurses is much appreciated.