When is it reasonable to request time off from work?
I have major anxiety now - it's affecting me every day, giving me panic attacks, etc. It started back in April, got really bad in July and I ended up missing 2 weeks of work b/c I was just so out of it. It let up a bit for a while (has never gone away), and it started getting bad again in October, and now is back to the really instrusive stage where I don't even want to go out. I am now in counselling b/c of it, but it doesn't change the fact that it is happening right now and I cannot take this b.s. anymore. I have to take the subway to work, and it ALWAYS starts as soon as I walk into the station. Well, today it started when I was waiting for the bus to take me there. So by the time I get to work I am already a mess, almost got off the subway about 10 times, and I spend my entire work day in shambles and not myself at all. I spend most of the day trying to regulate my breathing, heart rate, and trying not to have a full blown panic attack. This happens when I go out to socialize as well, I mean if I end up going out at all b/c most of the time I don't b/c I am afraid I will be too panicky and anxious.
I want to know when is it reasonable for me to TELL someone that I need time off? Last time this happened I had to ASK my doctor, she didn't even suggest it at all. I had to suggest how long I needed off as well. I was thinking this problem was bad enough that it is affecting every aspect of my life, is this not an illness? I really need advice about this. I have benefits at work for long term and short term disability, but does this count? If people were in my shoes I think they would say it does. For sure.
The counsellor I am seeing is thru work and they cannot act as an advocate for me and request time off from work for me. So who can?
Advice would be great - thank you very much!
Last edited by scotianprincess; 01-08-2007 at 06:58 AM.