dreading going back to work

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Hi there,

Just need to ramble on to be honest. Have been off work since last Tues after sufferinmg a panic attack and due to go back tommorow - so scared! have been getting mild panic attacks since Nov last year but tried to block them out. Normally a really happy person but all of a sudden just felt so stressed. My doc has prescribed 20mg citalopram for anxiety and I started them on Wed. Felt really awful - shakey and sick - but felt a bit better today. Have quite a stressful job and boss thinks I am off with high blood pressure - which I am also on medication for. God, writing this I sound 90 but am only 30! Just don't want to go back to work at all. Need some words of encouragement!

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    Hey Spence,

    Just tie a knot in that rope and hold on,,, :D

    I suffered from panic attacks a long time ago after a relationship breakdown, miscarriage, house move. All stressors. Thats what brought them on. This might be the case for yourself. If works been really stressful u might have just went into automatic pilot mode, thinking ur coping, but not really. Thats what I did.

    I remember vividly taking a panic attack in asda. The feeling came right from my feet, all the way up my body. I pushed the trolley to the side, lifted my son out of it...and went like the clappers back to the car. The sweat was lashing out of me, and my heart going like a steam train. It was the most awful feeling in the world.

    Thankfully, as my emotions started to settle down, and I began to get my life back in order, and be in control of my thoughts (when ur stressed, ur mind races away with u) they stopped happening.

    Prior to experiencing this, I always thought that people who experienced panic attacks were a bit neurotic. I have never been so wrong in my life! I have great sympathy and empathy for people who experience these all the time. I also worked in mental health...so of course....was dismissive of what was going on with my own health.

    If u think that stress at work is a factor, try to lessen it if u can.

    Good Luck for 2moro.... smile


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    thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Its good to hear from your own experiences that you don't have to suffer these forever - I think I had begun to just expect that 'this was me for good' and that I'd never be back to my old self.

    Not looking forward to tommorow but feel I will worry more if I don't go in. Am going to try my hardest to take myself away from my desk if i start feeling stressed.

    Thanks again

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    Hi Spence

    Hang in there it does get better i found cit really helped with my panic attacks but it does take a while to kick in.

    I hope you have agood day at work.


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    Hey Spence,

    Hope today has went well for u.

    Take it one day at a time.


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    :? ive suffered from panic attack for a year now and in the summer it got worse and i couldnt face work (even though it isnt stressful)was put on propanorol and citalopram and i felt better i was of sick for 6 wks and decided that if i didnt go back i never would so i faced it was hard at first and cried but hopefully you have good collegues who can support you. after a few weeks back at wk i thought i felt better so i stopped takin citalopram(will never come of them on my own without doc advice again) and i started gettin anxiety attacks so my doctor has put me back on them ive left old job and startin new one in two weeks so im hopin the tablets will kick in soon only on day 3 sometimes i feel it helps to speak to people when i feel a bit anxious but sometimes people dont understand what its like i hope you get on ok back at work once you do the frst day it gets better

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