How can I regain my confidence after panic attacks and go back to work.?

Ten years ago I gave up work and had a family, the time has now come for me to return to some kind of work, but it terrifies me.Obviously partly as i have been at home too long but also as when I worked before I suffered from severe panic attacks brought on by being in a stressful job.I worry that they will return,it took me years to get over them.I dread doing an office job or working in a shop as I think I will get stressed.Can anyone suggest a job to suit, or help in any way?My hubby is fed up and wants me to contribute to the household income.

Asked By: cocoloco - 9/30/2007
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How about receptionist? I know you might be afraid of seeing different people all day or being 'on display' there but I found that helped me. I started having panic attacks after working in a high pressured call centre. I know it doesn't sounds stressful but it was medical products and we had calls fed through to us... More
Answered By: Kate - 10/2/2007
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xxxx... him.. Is he trying to help you out @ all... OR... is he " just fed up".....?? Have you considered Counseling or Medication.....??
Answered By: raguse7 - 9/30/2007
Answered By: Bambi - 9/30/2007
Why not start with some voluntary work? Perhaps in an area you would like to work, like with children or in hospital or with older people. Also look at getting some new qualifications, that can give your confidence a boost as well. Talk to your husband. Say you don't want to start a job and then have to leave... More
Answered By: happyjumpyfrog - 9/30/2007
Take a course in medical transcription and work mostly at home. Citation below. Or work on something where there is a physical component and sunshine, like in a garden center.
Answered By: Millie M - 9/30/2007
How about a cashier, just have to ring things up on the cash machine and make change and call for the occasional price check - doesn't sound too stressful. Or why not think of being a florist's assistant, you get to be around great smelling flowers all day. Or, think about being assistant to a dog groomer if you like... More
Answered By: lovelorn - 9/30/2007
I think panic attacks are one of the worst experiences a person can have. They can be overcome however. I would start with evaluating what makes a job stressful and what kind of job would be most suited to you. Counseling is often very helpful and going to see your doctor to rule out any physical problem is a good... More
Answered By: oleo - 9/30/2007
Medication or Meditation might help but as far life goes there is good reason to be anxious and people at work can be very rude to others.
Answered By: Pen - 9/30/2007
Do what you wanna do, he will never understand cos he hasn't had it.
Answered By: davey babes - 9/30/2007
try going to a temp agency they can give you many options and see what will fit for you..
Answered By: Skittle - 9/30/2007
If panic attacks have been a recurring problem, write the four basic steps on a little card, with a list of sample Coping Statements on the back. Mark the card with bright stripes to make it easy to find in your wallet, and keep it with you everywhere you go until you memorize the steps and know them thoroughly. Study... More
Answered By: Hot Coco Puff - 9/30/2007
get yourself a nice job and do wonderful relaxing thing in your life,because u been out of work a long time take it slow,do what your body feel it can,don't push yourself,do you really know your limits,can you tell when your stress
Answered By: nick b - 10/1/2007
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