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  1. Yes. I've been on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications since I was diagnosed. My anti-anxiety medication is only as-needed, though. I may feel more comfortable taking it daily. I also see a therapist every other week.
  2. Hi all. I'm currently a pre-nursing student going to a university in the Spring. I am absolutely in love with nursing as a profession. For the past 2 years I've volunteered at children's hospitals and been in many Health Professionals organizations, and I honestly feel like this is what I was meant to do. What I'm worried about is my anxiety. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression when I was 10 just before my dad passed away, but my anxiety has always been a bit worse than my depression. Lately, I've been having constant panic attacks or emotional breakdowns over things I consider small. My family went out to dinner to celebrate my acceptance into Honors College, and I had a panic attack after our restaurant reservations didn't go through and we had to go somewhere else. I work at a coffee shop, and if I leave at 6:22 instead of 6:20 I have a panic attack the whole drive thinking I'm going to be late. Yesterday a customer shouted at me and I had to go to the back to console myself because I was crying so hard. Thinking about how mundane these things are and how they cause me huge amounts of worry gives me anxiety over whether I'll be able to work under such intense pressure. If I do something wrong, it isn't just a cup of coffee, it's a possible life on the line. The fact terrifies me and I'm not sure I can handle it. I know things get better with time, and all new nurses would have the "I could kill someone if I mess up." feeling. But I think about how many little things have sent me into panic attacks, and wonder if I should just stick with my backup plan of being a teacher. At least no lives are on the line. Has anyone else ever been in a similar situation?
  3. Hi all! I'm a pre-nursing student at a community college, and have been tossing up between a few career paths for a year or so now. At first I wanted to to Deaf Education, but with the low satisfaction and appreciation rate of teachers, I threw that out the window. If I still want to do it after getting my BSN, I'll pursue it, but it's not something I'm looking into now. However, another career path I've been considering is Child Life. I appreciate the less medical aspect of it, and the teaching/counseling philosophy it seems to have. I have an anxiety disorder, and i'm worried it'll "get in the way" and I'll crack under pressure, and that'll put me off from the career. But with Child Life, I feel as if I'm more of a friend to the patient, and I believe the environment would be less of a stressor on me while still maintaining the hospital/medical feel. But colleges that offer it are few and far between, not to mention it isn't as booming as a career field as nursing, nor is it as lucrative. There isn't much room for growth, whereas with nursing there's more room to advance and different specialties to try. What are your experiences with your Child Life staff? Do you think it'd be a smart career to go into, or will nursing be more rewarding in your opinion? Thanks!