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Job Anxiety

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  • Posted By: MMMMForbiddenDonut
  • January 23, 2007
  • 05:53 AM

Hi, I really could use advice on this. I have been diagnosed with depression, general anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, a form of bipolar, a yet to be diagnosed severe social phobia, mild schizoaffective, and BIID. I have been on about 10 different medications, none of which I have had any real success with, if any. I had a nervous breakdown a little over a year ago and was hospitalized for a week and since then, have been out of work and out of school. I just recently reached the maximum age to be covered under my father's health insurance plan and I do not want to be without health insurance. However, the idea of going back to work ignites such a fear in me, I would, no joke, rather die than go back to work- that is how much it scares me to find a new job. I also have a severe phobia of answering telephones and when I do, I start to have a panic attack. Any suggestions? I do not know where to go with this. I have been to therapy and everything and nothing works.

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  • I have this same problem... I go to work because I have to in order to take care of my kids...but it is dreaded every day (even though I like my work and the ppl, too)... when the phone rings, I become dizzy, nauseated, forget to breathe, and cannot think straight... I am the same with listening to voicemails... but it is only business-related calls. Friends and family - they're fine.I don't know if it helps, but I just wanted you to know you aren't alone...and you CAN get yourself to push through it. I just have to remind myself of how stupid and irrational it really is... some days are better than others... and when I remind myself of the great work I do when I fight through the fear, it makes it a lot easier.oh... and I cannot take SSRI's or antidepressants because they cause seizures and manic behavior.Best of luck!
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  • It does help to know I am not alone. Now, see even with family and friends I get anxious if I have to talk to them on the phone. Talking to complete strangers is almost torturous. I keep trying to tell myself how silly it is but it's so hard to actually believe it. It's very frustrating. But I know that I need to go back to work soon because I am starting to panic about money, plus I have bills to pay and all that.
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