I have been experiencing anxiety and minor panic attacks at work. I used to drink every weekend and that really helped me manage my anxiety. I have now been off of alcohol for over 2 months and my anxiety has been very bad. I have been in a panic state most of the time that I am at work. Last week I had a panic attack which made me leave work in the middle of my shift. This is the second time that it happened to me. I decided that it is finally time to seek some professional help. I went to my family doctor and he gave me a prescription for Zoloft, 50mg. I have taken it for 5 days so far. I know the drug is not supposed to kick in right away but I have been feeling some intense general anxiety starting with day 2 of treatment. The only thing that helps with the anxiety is to exhaust myself at the gym. The only reason that I gave the SSRI a try is because my parents both swear by them, as they helped both of them overcome their anxiety issues in the past.
I took a disability leave at work to sort out this issue.