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Old 01-07-13, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm so stressed right now. I feel butterfly feelings in my stomach. I can't sleep but I tried. I think I got 1 hour of sleep in right now.

I'm having some health problems right now and being tested for Diabetes and Thyroid among a bunch of other things. At first I thought my Herpes had spread to my hands and I panicked and took 2 days off of work.

Now I'm thinking that might not be it. I wore gloves to go to bed in and around the house and it caused me alot of stress. I begrudglingly went to the DR and she sent me for these tests, she said that it couldn't be herpes. (of course I think otherwise) I thought she was whacked at first. But maybe she's onto something. IDK. My hands look better now but are still burning some.

I think my symptoms are due mostly to stress and the bullying that I'm dealing with at work. It takes everything I have to walk into work. I have a few co-workers who are supportive of me but I'm under attack by many.
Attack on my character and work ethic, just about anything to tear me down and some of it is bad.

I'm home now and still thinking of work and dreading going back in. I tried taking stress leave previously but my doctor wouldn't give it to me. I'm desperately hanging in there. I need the money so I go in to work. But I'm worried that the stress might of kicked in and I fear also that it might of caused some serious physical problems like Thyroid, Diabetes.

I'm trying to tell myself I'm home now and safe and to keep the thoughts of work out of my mind. I have to really fight thinking about work. The anxiety is so bad. mind racing.

So I'm here today because I need some support and strength and any tips that you can give me to get over my overactive mind and anxiety.

I'm not on any medication right now for depression and anxiety. I was also told I had Generalized Anxiety Disorder. IDK, if this is something you have all your life or not.


My current symptoms right now are feeling feverish (on and off), burning hands (on and off) and butterfly feeling in stomach, racing thoughts. Also feeling sad and tearful (not new I know).

Currently I'm trying to turn myself off and ignore my work fears. Trying not to think of work when I'm home.

Maybe coming here and spilling it out has helped me too.

I home alone right now. Just need a hug.

I love the work I do and the immediate group I work with of 4 people is wonderful. It's coming into contact with the other girls. I think I'm just going to try to ignore the others.

I have one guy that use to say he love me, wanted to come to my home, he wanted to date me real bad but I refused him. Well he stopped talking to me months ago, and now were back being friend. I have to fight for every friend at work.

To say that I'm fighting 20 co-workers a week wouldn't be a lie. I'm tough, tougher than most I suppose. But, for ther first time in my life I need a break. I've decided to ignore 2 of the girls I'm working with now before I tried to be friendly but what's the point.

I'm thinking of starting a new job, but the stess of this place has gotten me down so much that I just can't get the energy to job hunt. I'm thinking I should just do it and go temporary for now. Just wing it. It's ballsy to do, especially with a mortgage to pay. Currently going into the car to eat lunch.

Advice guys?
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Old 01-08-13, 09:10 AM   #2
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Work place bullying is no joke. I know this as I have been there and it is one of the most demoralising things there are. IMO it should be made into a crime that is punishable with heavy prison sentences for the kind of trauma it can cause. I nearly committed suicide over work place bullying and it caused me to have a nervous breakdown. A friend of mine found me walking down the street in a right state. I was dressed in a thin nightdress and it was the middle of winter, I did not even know where I was as I was almost catatonic and zombie like and I stayed like it for days after.
-----It all felt like it was more than I could cope with, I had stood up to the bullies for over two years but could not face another day of it. Something in me just snapped that day.
-----You need to get that stress leave before it gets to this, if the doctor will not sign you off then go for a second opinion with another doctor. Do you have any holiday you could take just to give yourself a break. Once you have done that either go back and get something done about this or start looking for another job. Do you have a union rep there who could sort things out or could you approach your boss. This situation must not continue.
-----The fact that you are eating in your car says it all.
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Thanks MB. It's been tough. I'm better today. I talked to one of the girls I was having problems with and we smoothed things out. I'm able to function and hang in there alittle longer. I think I'm going to keep job hunting. It's not easy but I'm going to keep trying. I love my work and the pay. I got to try to hold onto it for as long as I can. I told the other girl about my bully and she was surprised, I thought her and my bully were ganging up on me and she's not apart of it. Infact she's on myside more than I thought. I will keep in mind what you said but I have to try to stretch this out for as long as I can.

But thanks for being there and thanks for the advice. I'm close to walking away from here. I have more confidence and hope. Just hate leaving a job I like to do. I'll keep you updated on any new developments. I might job hunt on the side and if I see something spectacular I might jump on it.
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Glad it worked out with you and this girl. But have you thought about dealing with this bully head on. Report her as a bully and get her dealt with. If you do this the others may well back off and leave you alone. It could be they are doing it because they know they can get away with it and they are following the example of the leader. Deal with her and the others will back down. What kind of place is it that lets one person bully another and does not step in and do anything about it. If you sort out the bullying you may not need to change jobs.
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TooMuch - I really am not able to add anything more than what Molurus Bivittatus has offered/posted. The only thing I am able to say is this. You need to take care of yourself. Whether it be a different job, or just less stress within your life. No matter what, you're the most important person! Please keep us updated on how things are going at your current job, as well as being able to "pounce" on something you may find. Glad things all worked out, at least with talking to her.
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Thanks Aries, it's been along hard struggle and I know the best thing is to move out overall but to find that pay again is impossible for me. I'm feeling less stressed though and that helps. I still hate my job, something will change soon but I don't know when. Be good and take care.

Might be sooner than I think too.
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