Problems with Work?

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So I have been Panic Attack free for a month or was until the other day. I had a massive panic attack at work and ever since have been feeling a little off. I find a have most of my attacks at work, but when they happen they're extremely aggressive and I'm exhausted before I've even started my shift. I work at a restaurant and I'm constantly running around all over the place, and sometimes I'm running on empty, because i don't sleep properly. I use to enjoy my job, but lately, I absolutely hate going. I started to feel so much better within myself again. I know its something that's never going to be really gone. I've suffered bouts on/off since I was 14. Tonight, I also had an attack, and my heart has been fluttering ever since, work has become torture for me, because I know I can't just go home, I got to stick it out. I was absolutely fine over a week ago, like there was finally a light at the end of the tunnel. I've been obsessing about my heart again tonight, which is something I haven't done for a month. I don't know what to do, I don't know if I need to change my job, work seems to be the trigger. I don't have much of a support system there, I even faced discrimination there a few weeks ago because of everything that was going on with me. Anyone else been/going through similar situation? X

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    Look after yourself first and foremost, try and focus your attention on what you are doing and try stop threating that you may have another attack, focus on your breathing in through your nose out your mouth, count to 4 first breath  then 7 then 8 and repeat untill you calm. and good to pratice it when you are already calm too. As for descrimination let it go in one ear and out the other, and remember they need you more than you need them, theres plenty of other restaurants. The fact that your going through this and still turn up for work, shows commitment an employers dream 
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    Hi Arya, 

    Exact same situation. I left my job, without another one sorted out for myself. Back to my same self now. Anxiety-free. Relieved to be out of that stressful and unsupportive environment. They had begun to treat me very poorly. 

    That said, it is normal to lapse a little though. Most important thing is not to make a big deal out of one panic attack. It happened, a little slip up. It doesn't mean that you're spiralling down into full-blown anxiety again. It's very important to believe that. Check out relapse prevention methods here as just one eg ( These techniques mainly involve being more self-aware. . .  What are your triggers? What are the EARLY signs that you are anxious? . . .  Then, when you do feel you're a bit anxious, take a step back, do some breathing exercises, (which can be done anywhere, even while working e.g. breathe in for 4, hold for 2, out for 6 and various other variations) and calm yourself down before the anxiety builds into panic. 

    Perhaps see how you manage that way before quitting your job but if it continues, I would advise leaving your job. It hasn't done me any harm whatsoever. At first I felt a little bit like I had failed and how would I ever hold down  a proper job when the time came? But the truth is that I had been warned about how that establishment treated people, they have a very high turnover of staff and it was a very high pressure environment where my efforts weren't being recognised properly. I realised I would never fulfil their expectations/desires and that I was worth more than that. Now, I see it as a positive step for my benefit and for my health. I believe there are better jobs out there for me and that I will find one very soon as I am well qualified, with good experience and a great work ethic.

    I wish you all the best, 

    Agirl xx

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    Your job could be a trigger for you, maybe you are finding it too hectic and non stop.  You could talk with your GP let them know how you feel.  You could possible just need a med to help with your panic and to help you calm down.  Once you get yourself focused you can then possibly look for a restaurant that is a little less crazy and busy.  Good luck to you


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    Thank you all, for your replies.

    I've been off medication for a month now, after a year of switching from one to another, I found they, were making me a lot worse, I've been on meds since I was 18 and I think my body has had enough of them, and I have been feeling a lot better without them, despite this panic attack I had.I'm currently seeing a counselor and I'm seeing a specialist on Monday, I also should be having bereavement counseling too as well.

    Work definitely seems to be the trigger, even though I hadn't had one for a month I find it strange that they always seem to happen while I'm there. I also feel like I'm doing the best I can but its never good enough for them either, I know my worth and I know they don't deserve to have someone like me working for them when I've had to put up with so much grief.

    I hope this is just a bad couple of days that I'm having. Because I have been feeling so much better within myself and enjoying life again, but I will be looking for work elsewhere I think. smile

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