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Old 12-19-15, 09:16 PM   #1
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How many of you, are afraid to work due to your anxiety? Whether it'd be taking medication or not taking medication, your anxiety just kicks in and it makes you feel scared of working or doing something.

I am afraid to work and don't think I ever will. I had a job interview this past week and turned it down.
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Old 12-20-15, 11:10 AM   #2
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yes ive felt this way in the past, its very difficult to overcome
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Old 12-20-15, 01:07 PM   #3
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My family keeps complaining to me, saying I am 28 and need to work, I am taking advantage of them etc.
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Old 12-20-15, 10:47 PM   #4
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I am 28 as well. Have been unemployed more than not for the past 5 years. The only reason my mother puts up with me is because I am going to school full time and going to graduate in May. I have pretty bad social anxiety and even worse depression. I get mood swings. My depression has me feeling like I am a piece of shit, not even worth being around anyone. It has been like this for years. I have had jobs on and off throughout the years, my last one being in October and it lasted almost two months before I lost it. Sometimes I think I might never be able to work full time or live on my own, I'm thinking about applying for disability after i graduate.

My advice to you is find and do something you love, it will help for the time being, whatever it may be. I lift weights, ride my bike, on the computer, like music and movies and enjoy reading. Sometimes I think I am better off inside the house than out. With almost no friends and never having been in a relationship, this is the best that I might be able to do.
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I am still afraid to work, I did have a job interview today and if I get the job, I am so scared of working, I don't think I can do it.
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In my opinion the right job for you will be far more beneficial to your mental health than not working at all. On the other hand, the wrong job or one that is too stressful may worsen your anxiety. At the end of the day, your health is more important than work so it is important that you do not take on more than you can cope with.
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Of course if you are not ready for work, your time would be better spent working on your mental health/anxiety issues. You might also be able to take on studying part time or taking a study at home course that would help with employability once you feel you can take on paid employment.
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Old 03-07-16, 04:30 PM   #8
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Yeah I see what you mean, but I am almost 30 years old, 28, shouldn't I be working at my age? My family keeps persisting me to work.
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Age isn't really the issue. If you aren't ready and you take on too much, it will be detrimental to your mental health. Maybe try looking for something that's part time and low stress. It will get you out of the house and interacting with other people and hopefully boost confidence.
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Yeah right, right now I am dealing with a lot right now.
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