I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice or coping strategies. I am 22, went to uni to study psychology from the ages of 18-21. I got my first job as an admin assistant which lasted for 4 months (I ended up having to leave due to bursting into tears every morning, feeling sick and dreading every day at work, especially answering the phones which made me extremely anxious). My doctor then put me onto 20mg fluoxetine.
3 Months later I found another job as a minute taker which I really enjoyed. In June/July after a disucssion with my doctor I decided to ween myself off of the fluoxetine and this did not go well. I came back from my holiday abroad in August, went back to work and after a couple of weeks just felt overwhelmed and depressed. I had to be signed off work and felt there was just no point to life anymore, cried most of the day and couldn't get out of bed. I then went back onto fluoxetine and my dose was increased to 40mg.
This week I got signed back to work on a phased return. I went in yesterday, burst into tears in front of my boss and had to be sent home. I felt extremely anxious days before even going back to work. I have now handed in my notice because I'm not happy there anymore and I just can't face going back. It feels that the Fluoxetine has helped with my symptoms of depression, but my social anxiety has actually got worse.
I was wondering what kind of jobs people would suggest for me? I am quite a shy, introverted and anxious person. I much prefer a job that I can get on with alone and not be in a big busy office full of people. I am thinking of looking for a part-time job because I find it so hard and overwhelming to deal with full-time work, but I'm worried that people will think I'm stupid or a "bum" becuase I'm 22 and have no children (in other words I shouldn't have any reason not to be wokring full-time). I am just really worried and don't know what my future holds, if anyone could help me that would be great.