I just discovered your article as I was searching for ways to handle my anxiety at work in the internet. It’s great, you work for yourself and anywhere as long as you have internet. If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of work are you doing from home? I hate myself for acting this way, it’s like I’m born with “lost of guts/too much fear” inside me. It crushes my soul thinking about it. That time i was panicking and i feel like i was detached from the reality, i even rang my mom and told her that i cant go on with this job and told her different excuses. I have a psychology degree; I know about cognitive behavioral therapy, but I hate the sound of that and can’t see it working anyway. My family thinks that it’s normal and I’m just being lazy. Alexis, I feel the same exact way. Anyway, thanks to those who have read all of this! Or that i’m chasing a dream job i’ll never find, and never content with the one I have. Afterwards, my life was destroyed by my manager. I need someone to talk to. I remember my first two jobs. He knows his job, was always the “go to guy”. Because, it takes one to know one as they say – I do not want her to suffer the way I have all my life. I stay in all day most days. Whoever reads this and has these issues seek help immediately. My father couldn’t pay for me to be a doctor. Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk: How to Talk to Anyone Anytime, Anywhere About Anything. I am so glad to know I am not alone. This leads to his/her fearing rejection that causes permanent Ergophobia. I am 41 and have been in and out, (mostly out), of work all my life. It’s been like this with every job no matter how familiar I am with something or how many times I am instructed. There is no official phobia name for the fear of vipers. I also finished undergrad last year and currently do not have a full-time job. I am just so scared because I know that this is gonna be a huge problem in my life and I don’t think it’ll ever go away. So put the skills you already have to work here, like a puzzle. Often, to observers, the phobic appears normal. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job and the other females did. Anyway, This is what I believe intuitively and am sure if done consistently and diligently you should be able to see changes in yourself and eventually get back to your interest/passion mode and have the job and life of your dreams. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to my friend who graduated the same year as me and 2020 kids have gotten jobs during the pandemic. Instead of appreciating, he said to me that dont reply me late at night i am thinking to resign. My husband and I are in bit of a bind. It really helps me to know others can relate and are going through the same struggle. But after that, I got more comfortable; it was an easy job, I usually had a lot of time on my hands, and I had good insurance to cover the expensive medication I can’t go without or else my colon explodes and I have to get it removed. Face your fear to overcome it. But I think that first job really did a lot of damage on his perception of himself. I do feel better seeing I’m not the only one although I wish I knew someone personally who felt the same way that we could get through it together or relate on it. We live in the Bay Area so money coming in gets drained on bills. I lost my job of 3 years. My parents are always suggesting jobs I can do, and I always say I don’t want to do those jobs and they get irritated. And when it comes to interviews I’m scared what if I mess up on what I say? Days after, jobs were offered but then i refused them all because the fear has been consuming me. It gets so bad that if i’m at work my mind becomes fuzzy and i can’t think straight, all i wanna do is run away. I have turned down opportunities to advance at least twice because I knew a managerial/supervisory position would be too stressful. I just kept on going because I’ve had only a handful of friends to make me keep on going and that’s it. I can’t fix him, I’m only on the sidelines but hope that I can somehow coach him back to his own sanity, which he deserves and so do you my friend. They said that I’m just worrying too much or overthinking. I ask several times to repeat. The very bad ones. Thank you for being so open and honest. These end up making matters worse. But my anxiety is as bad as it’s ever been. Rudaz M, Ledermann T, Margraf J, Becker ES, Craske MG. Weariness and fatigue are common side effects of many drugs prescribed for depression. I believed his words, every time. Anyways if you read the whole thing thank you. I have an aversion to getting new work because I am scared that I will be yelled at and won’t be competent. I always called it laziness, and those 2 WERE lazy in their own way! I can do my job (I’m a software engineer) without any problem but whenever I have to interact with my manager or other higher ups, I have a full blown panic attack. I have terrible anxiety about returning to the workplace. I can understand your feelings. He didn’t stop telling me that it was my fault that i’m nothing after 3 years. I was still in high school, mind you. And now that I know this isn’t a real thing I could cry. Washington DC; 2013. A significant decrease in the quality or quantity of one’s work performance. Cultivating hope is the only path forward. My parents could not understand and would often scold and canned me to stop me from acting this way. The Shy Writer. It contains a large list of phobias and teaches how to cope with and ultimately cure your fear. But it turned out to be on the contrary near the end. We can’t throw it away. I was picked on and alienated by others a lot growing up, but I have also been spoken to/treated horribly by co-workers, clients and customers many times, and it has basically made me afraid of people–just afraid of potential conflict, potential confrontation, potentially not being able to help people to their satisfaction/do my job to my satisfaction, etc. I will elaborate about my situation later tonight on this thread, but basically I have been a glass cutter shop / foreman for almost 30 years, at the last place for 6 years until business got slow and they fired me two weeks ago. I was just wondering if there was anyone else in your family – even an aunt or somebody who suffered from anxiety and depression because I have learnt that these things are hereditary. While fear is a natural response to danger, phobias often occur in response to something unlikely to cause real harm. Atlantic Publishing; 2007. All throughout high school while everyone around me got part-time jobs, I never got one. It’s ridiculous at this point. This will enhance the message you are trying to communicate—and it will take the pressure off of you being alone in the spotlight. I am a visual person and I always worry about how I will look in others eyes. A lot of successful people are average intelligence or below but have more motivational energy. Ergophobia is a part of social anxiety disorder. The problem is no action or execution of things that we want/ need to do.. Its again another fear and the only way to fight fear is to face it.. not think about how to face it, read 10 books about facing it, ask opinions about facing it.. just face it.. be there, aware while facing it.. It is good to have a plan when you do. But I do resort to exercise as a way to cope with the anxiety and depression. I always feel that I’m just lazy until I tried to google “I’m scared to go to office” and stumble upon this. Denial that one’s own excessive reactions to work or workplace related elements is extreme or irrational. I’m ashamed of myself. However, in social phobia, the focus of fear is the social situation.1 In anthropophobia, the fear is literally of other people, regardless of the situation in which they are encountered. As people with anxiety know all to well, the more time we have to think, the more time we have to worry. Phobias are characterized by significant distress and often lead to the person avoiding the source of their fear. I do apply for numerous jobs and I’m invited for an interview but just before I take up the position, fear strikes. Use line, bar, pictographs, graphs, and stem leaf plots. Let’s do our best to surpass this anxiety and fear. I dropped out of college a few years ago due to this very problem. Clinical depression or neurological dysfunctions- Clinically depressed individuals are more likely to suffer from deep dread about job hunting. I got a new job as cleaning cabins, it’s not that bad because i work by myself but the feeling comes over me again maybe because it is a new job. Are nightmares of going to work a symptom as well? Improve your ability to make introductions 2. I talk myself out of it because of the what ifs and then end up in a full blown panic attack. I have had this fear my whole life. I wish I could get help with this, and I usually find myself just thinking I am too lazy, don’t want to change enough or I’m just not passionate enough about anything to tolerate any job as a career or long term. We were looking for a new job for him in April, and came across this incredible opportunity. I graduated with a B.A. Can this be cured with free therapy online? I apply for job positions and then when they call me I become so frightened that I don’t answer my phone! I thought I was the only one experiencing this. I’m getting worse and don’t know how to get out of it. Since i am the only Lead Manager left, everyone expect me to fill in the previous manager’s shoes and be like him and not be ME at work. A few years later, I worked at a Cub Scout Camp and actually really enjoyed it. Fear of work phobia can affect 2 types of people: ones who have held jobs before or those who have never worked before in their life. I want to work I am always a top performer but whenever i switch my job i have this problem. Hi, Fake it until you make it. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it. As months passed my only friends began to distance themselves as they obviously had the idea “I don’t want to work”. Later my dad became very ill and I became his carer. You obviously have emotional illness and fears – it is not laziness, and you should not be viewing it, along with your parents, as just “normal” behavior to be judged and treated in just a normal way. As few others have written above, me too is drifting towards jobs that are lower than my calibre. Unfortunately, poor managers, bullies and just plain old unhappy or mean people are just a part of life. When i start looking for a job i feel uneasy, once i get the job is a battle every day. I hate being around him. Any time I’ve attempted to work, study etc. Every job I’ve had literally scared me. Sometimes they make me feel stupid and incompetent. I hate feeling like this. At this moment I am out of work and I am dealing with this work phobia right now. Ok wow. I just hate myself and my life for being like this.. so much that I just want it to end.. but i cant.. it’s like i’ve been tortured every day. Now ever since that panic attack after knowing the trigger for it. Well it has always been hard for me to keep a job, just the thought of being around other people or talking to people makes me really nervous. I completed my Bachelors degree in Computer Science and was jobless for 2 years(Joined a start-up as an intern and left it after 3 months), before I got an opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree from one of the best institutes of India in 2013. So I went to school to get a computer science degree but I’m afraid of applying to jobs where I will have to write code every day, but the fear is not of spending my whole day typing code with no human interaction, it’s a fear of performance anxiety – producing working code that will work, and sounding dumb in front of coworkers and bosses. The next day, my aunt offered me a job and i told myself that “well maybe i should give it a shot” since i’d be working with my aunt and i thought that she can be of help whenever i need one. These fears and anxieties can manifest into actual physical symptoms and this phobia can even be debilitating, making completing any sort of work near impossible. I continuously got a minimum pass or a fail for almost every assignment given. Job search networking needs to be approached differently to lessen the anxiety felt in developing relationships that could lead to employment. Now that I am a single mom of two, interviews are super stressful. Look it up online and they will give you a lot more examples. Many -phobia lists circulate on the Internet, with words collected from indiscriminate sources, often copying each other. I’m praying for all of you. Be good to yourself. I’m almost out of money and I’m in a year long lease. Work/Life Balancing Act. I was severely bullied in school. This literally affects my everyday life. I’m finishing up my degree and work part-time to help out financially, but I don’t have the income alone to support us. I am afraid of work even in video games! Through the struggle I eventually got a 2 day trial. Other avoidance behaviors might include not looking anyone in the eye, covering your mouth when you talk, or simply avoiding speaking at all in a meeting. But the same thing happened again. Eventually I left work to become a stay at home mother, which had its own challenges but that pressure and dread of finding and having a job had gone, at least for a while. I just want to hide forever and never come out. I was so proud of myself but not really at the same time because i would always leave early. Our finances need a big push yet I dread to commit to a 9 to 5 job. i did not continue with the offer. I got a new job just to get fired 4 days later. I know the fear is irrational but the thought of even going for an interview, immediately my chest and breathing gets tighter. Ironically, professionals must face this fear constantly, called … Have a to do book to write everything you need to do each day. My father told me no one respects female officers, what was I hoping for, to be molested and raped by male inmates? I don’t want to apply and when I do I wish they don’t call me. All that adds to how I feel, I feel inadequate, like I shouldn’t be in this world, I feel misunderstood and I feel pathetic as an adult approaching 30 that I can’t handle something as basic as having a job. And just.. work. I have felt the same. Phobia refers to an extreme or irrational fear of certain situations, objects, place, thing, or people. Today itself rejected another IT job offered to me at my hometown. I went and worked for an accounting firm for only 2 weeks after finishing school and at the end of the second week there was an induction. God bless. Please keep on supporting your husband. I know I got social anxiety and performance anxiety but reading this my biggest fear has always been working. Even now as I look back on that, I think to myself, “How crazy do you have to be to pretend to do the laundry when it takes just as much effort to just do it?” My life is full of examples like that. Phobias, however, are not to be confused with fears. I don’t really want to have this phobia but if I do have this then please pray for me. I’m upset that I can’t get past what other people think is a very simple block. I can remember struggling to answer questions on the homework that I physically knew the answer to. Or maybe you have avoided promotions completely because they would mean that you would have to attend more meetings. He died last December and I was meant to find a job but I get myself into such a state over it. I can’t hear people for my life and what if I can’t understand the customers accent or just understand them in general then I don’t wanna have to keep saying huh. If I can’t think of anything to say about it? I feel like crying when people ask me to do things i don’t understand at all, i feel like taking my bags and leave the company. Now i reply to his messages even if its late night. I don’t know how to overcome this. Search about past life regression. But how though? My father wasn’t honest with me and only after i worked so hard he told me i couldn’t go to university. My life has become miserable. I kept trying but would feel like running away. Hi! Tips to Conquer Fear of Meetings: 1. But if you don’t.. then what? Take control of your anxiety in meetings to improve your work life. It’s always nice to do a good job and get a pat on the back, that feels good too but don’t allow yourself to be disappointed if you don’t get it, always be happy about the good job you did trust me on this one. Thank God I work from home and able to generate money so that I may take care of myself, and some. Put it in God’s hands and pray about it. I would literally cry every Monday morning. Everyone wants to think the worst of you (me) all of the time and not listen to my true feelings. Social Phobias - Fear Of Gatherings Many people have anxiety in social situations, especially when meeting new people, but the fear is usually not severe and typically passes. I get so upset that I start crying and often just want to quit my job and hide at home forever. Coming Prepared: Yes, it’s not an exam, but you need to come in prepared nonetheless. Traumatic or negative incident- A work related injury or incident, harassment or bullying by co-workers, robbery or hostage situation at the workplace can lead to post traumatic stress disorder. Toastmasters offers more than just the chance to become a better public speaker. She didn’t understand how much I feared it and how sick it made me. Cant sleep, cant eat, cant enjoy my life, cause i feel anxiety and fear all the time. I just love books but the though of working in a bookshop makes me feel so weak and interacting with all those people. Live Chat . I get this very uncomfortable feeling in my chest and really strongly that makes me avoid it at all costs–typical of anxiety. Sent via email this week was ‘When it comes to speaking up in meetings, I just panic, my mind goes blank, I feel stupid and it looks like I don’t know my job!’. I have loans to repay and i am going in depression. If you remember that nothing is worth you doing something that goes against what you believe is right, then you have no more fear, and you don’t compromise. but this was in the 80’s. At first it didn’t stop me from trying again repeatedly, I was optimistic that I’d get better. You are not a hateful, nasty or bad person because of this, you are struggling and that’s not a crime. Let me give you a few quick tips on how best to approach those meetings: I’ve been trying to figure out how to overcome this also. Hi Louisa. Their One-Size-Fits-All way of doing things never allow us to adapt to work to ourselves. I also think I suffer from selective mutism when I am extremely anxious as I freeze and can’t talk. I feel like I’m having a small panic attack or my heart skips a beat every time I hear someone mention that they got a job or they are planning to. I WANT to get over this Anxiety and Depression and nearing 30 i REALLY need to get a job. in Media Arts and moved to California thinking I would be able to handle a job in entertainment since I enjoy it so much. I am just so scared that when I apply, they’re gonna call me for an interview. I really feel something is wrong with me. I have crying episodes and panic attacks where it seems my head will explode. Speaking in front of people is not my thing. Though my parents are not pressuring me to get a job but I too feel bad because they have invested so much in me and at the end, I am still struggling to get a job to give them back. I’m so upset, I’ve been lying on my floor dreading what to do next. So get help with it. I just wanna make sure I’m doing the right thing. The one thing that affected me the most was him calling me stupid and telling me that I would never amount to anything. I developed a knee injury three years ago due to unsafe work conditions. I have no problem with graphs but pie charts on the other hand scare the living hell out of me. Carducci BJ. There is absolutely no shame in having a phobia. Movers. I pick up JUST fine what people mean. I took part time job to get by my daily expenses but my parents could not understand why i can’t stop being lazy and go for a full time job. I can’t even call a therapist that my insurance covers because I’m too scared. I’m the same way. We moved back to the US on Halloween of last year, and a month later I got a job working as a Urine Specimens Collector at a clinic. I’m the only one in my family to have a college degree, yet I’m also the only one without a job. . I am still always afraid to go to work, but it’s worse when I have a job where I have to interact with many people. I keep getting these super convincing thoughts to quit my job and start somewhere else. Someone help! You can also learn more about phobia symptoms and what fear is. Later on, my Taiwanese girlfriend said that she had to go back to Taiwan because her school visa was expiring. Eventually they all thought this was going to stop but it did not. Before that i did internship. Prepare and research issues before a meeting so that you are up to speed. I am hoping and talking myself up that I’ll be able to keep this job! My last employers not only laid me off to save money, they wanted me to sign a paper saying I quit voluntarily in return for a week’s vacation pay, which I of course refused to do. I love working, I just can’t deal with the work gossip and politics and things like having to join colleagues for lunch and work socials. What if I hate it? In many cases, the person might lose his home, or suffer from severe malnourishment etc. It was hell but i couldn’t just stop because i needed the money. It’s SO embarrassing because family will ask what I’ve been up to and if I have a job. I feel so scared of all this stuff. Psychotherapy, counseling, hypnotherapy and talk therapy with group support are some effective treatment options for this phobia. Upon leaving my school after exams I was helped into joining a college course, the course was an industry which I really wanted to pursue in since such a young age. I won’t go into as much detail as you did, but just know that it felt good to know that I wasn’t the only one out there suffering from this. I’m not exactly sure why, but I get freaked out at the thought of going. I am glad to know that what I’m feeling right now is being felt by other people too because at least it gives me assurance that I’m not just being a drama queen (I would love to open this up to my parents but they won’t believe me anyway). It’s so hard dealing with this when no one around you can comprehend what you are going through. I’ve always had negative experiences with jobs, every job I’ve had has caused my anxiety to spiral out of control. So you quit your job to save your sanity. I got anxiety and panic attacks at each job I was in. Have you considered trying co-working office? Please keep on supporting your husband. It took me about 5 months to get a job, not because I couldn’t find one, but mostly because I didn’t want to find one, I would be fearful of the idea of working, I would make excuses and tell my family I went to an interview but couldn’t get the job because I lived too far away or something, all excuses so that I couldn’t start working… It came a time though where I couldn’t postpone it anymore, my family was getting frustrated and I had to start working. I’m just so anxious and no one understands how bad it is and no one I know actually understands how much I overthink things in my head. My sister even asked if I’m thinking of leeching off of my parents forever. Work nightmares can also be your subconsciousness trying to tell you to change or correct something in your life. “Often, to observers, the phobic appears normal. That’s how I feel anyway! I had quit that job, and in my second job I was regularly abused and belittled by my manager and store director. My supervisor promoted me twice and then started harassing me out of the blue. Performance anxiety or fear of failing assigned tasks or the fear of speaking before groups could lead to fear of work phobia. I get this feeling. All you have to do is train your brain. The addition of these new tasks overwhelms me, even though they are simple. I just finished working for a week there and the anxiety and discomfort are still there. While job hunting you get the “what if” things in your mind and that builds up your confidence a bit. Some symptoms I get are breathlessness and dizziness. I was doing some quizzes and one of the questions had something to do with phobia of animals. When going on vacations, all I want to do is go home. It has caused so many arguments between myself and my husband. Now my Manager in current company never appreciates me. I know this doesn’t help with interviewing and job searching but it should help once you get the job. 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