How can I work through my work-related anxiety?
July 6, 2009 2:50 PM Subscribe
Recommendations for overcoming fear and anxiety about work?
I have been at my first job out of graduate school for about eight months. I started having anxiety almost immediately, due to high stress, long hours, and a boss who whines, shouts, and has temper tantrums (something I have never been able to handle). I have been taking antidepressants and Xanax to get through the day, but on three separate occasions I have had to leave work because I am too upset/fearful/anxious to be able to compose myself for the rest of the day. I have also called in sick after having panic attacks before work.
I have held other jobs and have experienced milder forms of these symptoms, but never enough that I have to miss work over it. The stress basically a combo of the work environment and having a job with lots of responsibility. Added to my stress, I have (tons) of student loan debt and make a modest salary, and job openings for my experience in my practice area are slim to none.
I am terrified of being laid off, and basically cannot quit, as I have little savings and would look bad on my resume.
Anyone else been in this experience? Anyone able to get to this point and pull themselves up by the bootstraps, go to work, and get on with life? I really need some advice from people who have been there. Thanks.