I'm an LPN student who has wanted to be a nurse for a few years. I also have social anxiety disorder and am worried about the effect it may have on my career. It's fairly well controlled most of the time, and I can be assertive but I'm not always comfortable around new people. Most of the time I don't think anyone notices and I'm friendly and all that but when it gets bad I get physical symptoms like my heart beating fast or my hands shaking, etc.
I'm hoping I'll get used to it since it's in a job setting, but I really am not sure how everything will work out. It's definitely something I want to try for. I'm planning on eventually becoming an RN.
My question is are there any nurses here who have SAD? If so how do you deal with it? Are there any recommendations or specific fields that might help?
Jul 31, '04
I'm on it! I have corelated depression, and I think it helps with that a lot more than the anxiety itself...I also take beta blockers. I'm able to function in school pretty well, and my grades are really good, but I'm not in clinicals out talking to patients yet. I hope, I hope...that it will be fine.
Thanks for your replies! Chaya that gives me more confidence... I too am way better one on one with people than in groups.
Last edit by sophieness on Jul 31, '04