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I work in quite a high pressure industry and have done for 8 years. I have thrived on the pressure in the past, but about eight weeks ago it really started to get on top of me. I saw my GP who gave me Lorazepam and Sertraline. The Lorazepam helped me sleep but the Sertraline made me feel unbelievably grotty so I stopped it after a week. I spiralled into a pit of anxiety that seemed uncontrollable and one morning had a panic attack on the way to work. I went in afterwards but was promptly sent home because I looked so terrible. I spent a week trying to right myself with the support of my family - I live with my parents for one reason or another and they were great - but I was self-medicating heavily with alcohol which is no answer at all. As soon as the allocated day for my return drew near I found myself unable to sleep and had a series of panic attacks. I had an emergency appointment with my GP who signed me off and gave me more Lorazepam and Citalopram. I am still signed off and closing in on two weeks on Citalopram. Things just don't seem to be getting any better. I am anxious all the time and the few times that I have left the house I have been on the verge of more panic attacks. I don't see what else my GP can do for me, my family are running out of patience and work will be in touch any day now to review my absence. I am terrified of everything and I don't know where else to turn and what else to do.
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