Hi everyone, I thought I'd ask the question as to how stressed we are feeling with PBC? I've been battling with work stress for a year now. I'm wondering if the PBC makes the stress worse? I find I'm very emotional and find even little stressor send me into a state of panic and anxiety. I've been doing my job for a few years now but I'm really struggling to keep up. I like to do a good job but am finding the email traffic just too much...I get about 30 emails a day. My boss tells me I should just try and ignore it and 'focus on what's important'...but that's easier said than done...you've got to read it to identify what's important. I've tried telling my bosses that my excessive workload is causing me stress and this is worsening my pbc symptoms, but I just don't think they're listening.
I had my annual review the other day and was told I'm not performing as well as I should be. I was totally distraught as I've worked my are off and battled through my condition, hardly taking any time off sick (unlike my boss!). They are fully aware of my condition and I've repeatedly asked for support with the stress...so felt their assessment was unfair. I'm challenging it now as other colleagues reckon I do more than most at my grade. I get support from colleagues just not my boss...who is too busy to give me support. I've also asked to be referred to occupational health, and their report stated my workload was causing stress.
Sorry, went off on one there...I just feel so angry that they're not taking my condition into account. My real question is about stress. Does anyone else find normal stuff much more emotionally difficult since pbc diagnosis? I seem to have been an emotional wreck since I was diagnosed and I just want to get back to the 'happy and carefree' me again. I don't know whether it is work or whether it's the pbc making me feel so rotten.
I'm hoping a course of cognitive behaviour therapy will help me.
Thanks for listening