Anxiety about work

I recently started in a new position this past year at work. I did it because eventually I hope it will help me eventually in the long run to move up. Only problem is I used to have weekends and holidays off and now I don't. I do shift work. I have a real tough time with the switch lately and feel I have made a major mistake. The afternoon shift is the worst for me. I often feel like crying. I would rather spend that time with my family. I know I have to work but it has been so hard for me. My wife though has been super supportive but it I have an extra tough time when she is not around. Anybody else feel the same about shift work and if so have suggestions for coping. I am on antidepressants and Xanax that help and I am planning to go to a therapist soon. I was just reaching out for other suggestions.

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  • Going to a therapist is an excellent idea. I hope you have an appointment already because a good one won't be available for several weeks or more. If you don't have one, may I suggest you make one?

  • I am actually going this Wednesday.

  • Fantastic! I hope this counselor is a great fit for you!

    Re: shift work: When I worked 2nd shift, my husband needed to spend more time with the kids. I looked at my being gone as a chance for him to learn and grow to know them better and to better understand their needs and the work that goes into their care during those afternoon and evening hours. It also was a time that they could get to know one another better should they choose to.

  • When I was reading your post I swear that it was me writing it because I feel the same way. I go to work and I feel so afraid my anxiety level is super high I do cry at work because it's so overwhelming. I hate leaving my family also it's like I need them to feel safe I don't know what to do anymore. I see a psychiatrist and counselor but things just don't seem to ever stay better. I take zoloft which I've been on for 10 yrs and now started taking Buspar everyday is a struggle and I don't know if I can keep on doing this. I wish someone could help me figure out what's going on.

  • What u do is hold on hold on to that little peace of thread that's there hold on and never give up.

  • Wally76 what's up? tell me more. I am here to listen.

  • HI,

    Actually I was able to find another job in the same company with weekends and holidays off. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulder. I am still going to therapy because I am still prone to that anxiety. I feel the therapy has helped me a lot. I also am looking for medication to help with my general anxiety disorder as well.

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