I'm doing a bit of an unofficial survey - I've been wondering if nurses are disproportionately prone to anxiety. This is something I've been dealing with practically since starting my first job (I do believe there's some genetic component for me as my Mom is pretty high-strung). I have also noticed from discussion/interaction with other nurses that many of my colleagues deal with anxiety too, but are not exactly "advertising" it. Outwardly, you wouldn't guess that I am so anxious because I try hard to appear totally chilled. Also, I feel very safe at work because I know if anything were to happen to me, I'm already in the ER! Anyone I have confessed this to is pretty surprised. An attending MD I used to work with is married to an RN and he told me that he says to his wife "nurses know too much and too little - they know a lot so they worry more than lay people, but they don't know enough to know how to fix the problem, or when the 'problem' is not really something to be concerned about." Personally I agree with this 100%. I work in the ED so I see some very sad/horrible/shocking things, and it definitely affects me. I have been having minor panic attacks for a while now, and I have become somewhat of a hypocondriac with several medical work-ups (endoscopy for stomach pains, MRI for headaches and dizziness, etc.) all which thank God showed nothing. There always seems to be another "symptom" cropping up and I try to tell myself it's nothing and to ignore it, it's just anxiety, etc. but it doesn't always work. I believe our jobs carry an inordinately high level of stress as well as exposure to scary things most people are clueless about, a combination of which is the perfect recipe for anxiety. Just wondering if anyone else is dealing with this too?