Hello everyone! I am glad to have found this website thanks to another forum someone suggested. I am thinking of going to nursing school. Of course I know I have a lot of work to accomplish academically, but also emotionally. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which I am sure many of you have heard of. Its not an uncommon thing. I am on medication of course and working on finding therapy. Through this wonderful experience since my diagnosis 8 years ago when I was 21, I have been struggling to finish college (have been on and off due to finances) and have a career which I would like to have helping people. At first I thought I wanted to be a teacher, that has since fizzled especially now after seeing how children seem to behave around their elders and how their elders tend to ignore the problems, not all of course! Also today, many teachers I have met are struggling to find work, its so sad and they love what they do and are so talented! I began working with a non-profit group and thought about social welfare, but since it has been such a battle getting my bachelor's degree, it maybe hard to find a job without a masters, not that I wouldn't continue, but I really would like to start somewhere. The idea of nursing has been playing around over the last year. Of course with this anxiety disorder, I hesitate. I wonder, can i handle the smells, the sights? I work in a pet store and deal with some pretty nasty clean ups...but I know nursing is a lot worse. Sometimes if the smells are really bad an attack can try to hit. Last year I had a bad one after cleaning up dog urine that smell absolutely horrible due to probably a dog being ill.You can imagine I felt pretty ashamed of myself. I am fighting this thing as best I can. I would like to be a nurse because I do think its a great career. Of course I have been told about burn out and all, nurses facing discrimination from other nurses, patients, doctors. I also worry about my anxiety disorder and handling everyday things, mainly bodily fluids (mostly feces and vomit) I think nursing will benefit me not only as a career, but also as a whole person. It'll get me out of my comfort zone and help me realize my full potential. I don't want to be a retail worker for the rest of my life because its a safe zone or something I am familiar with. If I have my way and if everything works out well, I'd like to work in Women's Health or Neonatal, OB/GYN, or Labor and Delivery.Are there nurses out there that suffer from anxiety? Am I kidding myself thinking nursing is for me? How do you handle it? How did you handle your clinical? Any answers out there would be quite helpful. Thank you very much and I applaud all of you for what you do!