Anxiety Support


Hi, I'm a newbie here but have been suffering from GAD for about 4 years now. My doctor prescribed Sertraline which really didn't do very much. I paid for counselling which helped a lot as I was able to face being abused by my father as a child and realise the way this made me act towards other people, particularly those in authority. After a couple of years I felt better for about 18 months and then recently it came back. Things were very stressful at work, we had a new, very brusque boss, who pulled us up for minor infractions (eg putting down 30 minutes for lunch instead of 33 that he said i had taken). I began feeling more and more useless. I keep forgetting simple things which i can usually do standing on my head and if anyone gets annoyed with me i feel physically sick. I've just triggered a second review at work because i've been off sick too long . This resulted in a verbal warning. I feel sick all the time, especially in the morning when I wake up and at work keep going to the loos to cry. I feel such a wimp and so useless. I am so desperate i no longer bother what people think of me. It's horrible

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Hi, really sorry to hear about all that. Hope your alright! I can sort of relate my anxiety was triggered by my father being abusive domestic abuse. And it changed the way i was with men especially when they try to be dominant or anything like that it makes me angry, it's great that you've been to counsilleing and it helped that much maybe you'd benefit from more councelling? Even therapy. Both of which I still need to do! But I think its the best thing my GP told me that the medication only masks the problem covers it up. But therapy would be more beneficial. Don't let anyone bring you down, Hope you get through it!


Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry to hear of your experience. I wish I got angry - I just get scared. I'm back at the counsellor who is very good, but she's away for two weeks so I'm feeling a bit adrift. Counselling really helps and I would recommend it. Take care of yourself!


I tried sertraline for one day and the side effects were terrible i now take citalopram which is better for me so maybe try a change in meds. I hear you with the abusive father.


Hi, sorry you are having such a tough time. Who do these bosses think they are? It's like bullying, I too can't always get angry I get scared and then don't sleep.

I have been on Sertraline for a long time.

Keep posting and let us know how you get on. xx


Tjasnks for your support. It doesn't help that I'm the only woman in a team of men. I feel I have to try and be like them to fit in but it's tricky because after work I want to go home, not down the pub. I've Ben a couple of times to try and be nice but it is sooooo boring!


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