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Hi hoping to get some advice from people in the same boat. I have been dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder for about a year now but only recently realising it was this after some internet surfing of my symptoms. 3 Weeks ago I began to experience increased feelings of anxiety not necessarily related to a social situation (poss more GAD). I am finding work difficult but was determined not to go off sick despite the anxiety. Just over 2 weeks ago I went to my GP and was perscribed 20mg of Citapram. After the first few days I experinced quite a few side effects sickness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, shaking, loss of concentration to name a few. I was forced to have some time off work due to these side effects and so far have had a week off. I need to visit the GP tomorrow if I am to have any further time off for a sick note. I have a few worries that I could do with some advice on...
Is it better to have some time off to try and get over things without the pressures of work?
Im worried that if I have time off I will find it harder to go back?
I haven't told my workplace about my anxiety I am worried this will impact me career if they find out?
Any advice/personal exp is appreciated.
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