Sorry so long...please help? ;(
So I finally landed a position in acute care at a near by hospital after 3 years of SNF experience. I was so HAPPY when I was offered the job I cried tears of joy. The problem is I have extreme anxiety. Even at the SNF I worked at for 2 years I would experience high anxiety when something/someone would take a turn for the worse. Every day prior to shift my stomach was in knots and I wouldn't be able to sleep the night before and I would lay in bed till it was time to get up to get ready for work. Don't get me wrong, I love nursing...but it only were the days I knew exactly what I needed to do in certain situations I was given at hand. I guess you can say I have high anxiety only in situations where I didn't know what to do. If I do one thing and later come to realize I should have handled it another way I beat myself up for it. I have an extreme type A personality and OCD behaviors. I know I am my own worst enemy/criticizer.
I went to my MD last week and mentioned this to him and how I foresee my anxiety levels to be at their highest when I start my new job. He prescribed me Zoloft 25 mg 1 tablet QD X 1 week then 50 mg QD there after. I have been taking it a week and it gives me extreme pressure headaches, nausea, 1 episode of vomiting, and makes me feel spacey/drunk/high all the time. I messaged my MD today and am waiting for a response back.
What other medication could possibly work for me? I'm afraid he'll just recommended going to a stress/anxiety management class and I do plan on going to one but I have read/listened and tried many tactics already on my own and they haven't seemed to work for me. I really want to take a medication till I can get back on my own two feet. What medications other than an SSRI has worked for you?