I cant work

Hello its been a year now since I have been dealing with anxiety and panick attacks. It has really taken a toll on my daily activities. I have a son, a job, and other things that I do. But since this year my anxiety has gotten so bad to the point I am unable to function at work. What should I do? I am so confuse. Should I quit my job and stay home? Or try to stick it out. Im always fweling sick, no energy, and can not concentrate when Im having an episode. Its just a horrible feeling. Let me know what you all think

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  • I suggest stick it out. Get some anxiety meds if you have to. From my experience quitting my job made it worse after a while because I realized work kept me preoccupied

  • Stick it out. If you leave your job, you are running away from your anxiety. Anxiety simply thrives on avoidance/running away because you are reinforcing the messages being sent to your limbic system that there is a threat so your mind and body stay on high alert.

    To be free from anxiety, you have to think and feel everything whilst carrying on with your life doing normal things like working and socialising, no matter how you may feel. Throughout my recovery, I found it very difficult to work and was full of fear every day for a good while believing my job was one of the main causes. However, I knew that the job wasn't so bad before anxiety came along and moments of clarity during the day made me see that it wasn't work that was making me feel this way, if was the anxiety. In turn this made it easier for me to accept the feelings and go about my business. Gradually, the symptoms melted away. If you quit your job, a job that you may have enjoyed before anxiety came along, you will dwell upon things sat at home doubting your ability to be able to hold down another job. Again, this just feeds your anxiety. You do literally have to feel the fear and do it anyway, to use the title of a book.

  • Hi lovely85, I agree with the others. You need to keep busy. If your mind is occupied with work, anxiety will lessen. Your brain can't think two things at the same time. If you're at home, you will be focused on all your feelings. Over thinking them. I am oversensitive to my heartbeat. Always feels like it's pounding hard. When I'm into doing something, I don't notice it. Stick with your job. Ruby🌹

  • Hi, I am sorry you are going through this, I know that feeling all too well. Ultimately the choice is yours, but me personally, I had to quit back in Dec 2015. I had such bad panic attacks I collapsed multiple times and I chose to put my well being first, even though i took a big hit financially. It is all working out though, God willing.

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