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Anxiety attack

I was a stay at home mom; however, I started my new career April 2. Every since I started, I have had an increase in my anxiety. I am worrying about my 7 months old baby, Me not producing enough breast milk for my baby, me leaving my son to go off to basic training(6 weeks) and me leaving my baby for 9 hours straight (while working), etc. I have noticed when I try to go to sleep I can feel my heart pounding and shortness of breath. Does anyone experience this too?

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You have a lot on your mind. Leaving babies and young children to go to work does cause anxiety, as I also know from personal experience. Doublecheck that your baby and son are being cared for by reliable people. If they are in day care, check that it is licensed and make sure you like the people taking care of your children. Do you have parents who can check on them occasionally? Who will take care of them while you are in basic training? I think that if you were not somewhat anxious you would be abnormal. If, however, the anxiety does not begin to diminish you should speak to a psychiatrist and consider SSRIs.

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My step mom watches our son while my fiancé and I work. My fiancé will be watching him when I go off to basic training. I normally see a psychiatrist every Friday, but now that I am working I ended up missing my appointment this past Friday. I will probably need to see him on my lunch break because I get to worried when I haven’t communicated with my psychiatrist in a long time.

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In one word: YEP!

You mentioned basic training; are you now of member of the military? If so, congratulations and thank you,

You did not mention if you had other children, or if you have any family help.

I don't know why the circumstances of starting a career occurred when a newborn was creating another new "career" too, but think perhaps you are worrying that you are not capable of doing everything you want or feel you should be doing for your baby due to the demands of your career. This not an uncommon feeling for mothers who work outside as well as inside the home. If your baby is doing well, is healthy, in capable loving arms of others when you are not with him, sounds as all is going well, even though your anxiety is trying to tell you otherwise.

Allow yourself a little time for yourself to get some exercise, to enjoy some music or anything else that you find relaxing. Know with your hectic schedule, that is hard to do.

I am certain you will receive other replies that provide reassurance and suggestions to help. Best wishes for you and your baby for a very happy life together. :) xx

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Thank you. No it is actually for law enforcement. This is my first child, so I am new to all of this. I majored in Criminal Justice and this job was the first career job that I’ve received. Working with children, I consider this to be an entry level.

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Again, my thanks and appreciation for your service for becoming a police officer. It is not an easy profession and you will be protecting us as much as the military does. :) xx

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Oh no... lol! I could not be a police officer. Correction officer for children.

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No worries,.....police officer, correction officer, school officer, school crossing guard.....they are all part of our society's net for protection and example for civic responsibilities......accept the appreciation.You are going to earn it. :)

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Thank you. You are correct.. 😉

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Thank you and much appreciation for your new career in the police force.

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Starting a new job is anxiety producing let alone leaving a child in day care. If you weren’t anxious I would have to check your pulse...just trying to get a smile. Try to find time during the day to gather your thoughts and focus on the gift of a new career, one you worked hard for. Trust that your children are being cared for and that your decisions are to benefit your family. Try to find some excitement in this new journey. Attempt a gratitude list. All of these things can lesson the anxiety.

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Ok. Thank you! I sure will.

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well im only a kid and I understand the Anxiety part of that with being a mom and staying at home my mom is a stay at home mom and is worrying a lot about leaving my brother at daycare and what i have seen her do to help is have

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a picture of him with her

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and a little bear that reminds her of him so she knows he'll be ok and she prays

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That’s a great idea.

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I feel like just having something small and cute with you would help and babies are so chubby so im sure you can find a little bear too remind you of them

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Just curious- if you are comfortable- what kind of career do you have? Sounds intense with leaving for training.

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I am not understanding your question, sorry. Are you asking what type of work I do?

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Yes.

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Department of Juvenile Justice-Correction Officer

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Well, good for you and congratulations.

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Thank you

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