Making the Work Environment Safe

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    lisac writes:


    Can someone help me to figure out what kind of job a person can do that does not require continual multitasking? I am a nurse and have been for about 7 years. Last year I was diagnosed with bipolar. I had had anxiety issues for about 10 years prior to this diagnosis. Now it seems that everytime I get a job with in a week or so I begin to have continual panic attacks. I was on lorazepam for several years and it stopped working, switched to clonazepam until recently when they put me on xanax because the other had stopped working and I had to take 2 mg of xanax to actually relieve the panic. I am assuming that the panic with working has to do with the multitasking. I am not sure what else it could be. Sadly with healthcare you have to be able to handle continual change while working. I am very frustrated and feel quite worthless because I can not hold a job. Thankfully the lamictal has worked at keeping the depression at bay. Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Hi, lisac. Try these on for size: Research, writing, back room work. Any tasks that require long lead times, where people will leave you alone, where the phone doesn't ring, and where customers/patients/co-workers aren't distracting you. The downside is you may miss out on the sociability of a more hectic work environment.

Published On: October 06, 2007