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Can we work in high responsibility jobs?

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if you know or have ever heard of someone that has been successful professionally despite panic and agoraphobia disorder or general anxiety? Like working in a big company with a high responsibility job?


Or simply heard of someone that completely won over these problems?

I have a general anxiety disorder coming with panic and agoraphobia disorder since 10 years (im 24) and I never gave up and will never give up no matter what. I am fighting everyday to achieve more and more but I just would like to know if it’s completely possible to erase those problems to 100%

Because it’s my dream to work in big corporation as business man and I just would like to hear a testimony of someone who did it, for a bit of hope :)

I am in Master degree and I hope I will one day be successful professionally
 
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Hi Kino!

I dont know the name, but I'm certain that anyone with a disability or challenge can be successful especially someone like you. Who has so much drive and determination.

Ah...how about Steven Hawking?! Or the boy without hands and plays the piano beautifully with his feet. Or people with savant syndrome who are experts in certain areas? Or me and you?! We just have to do things differently and at a different pace. Doesnt make our way to success any less...if anything, more meaningful and admirable. You the man!!!
 
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It's a grey area, it's not advisable to have a high responsiblity business position job, even t h ough with a Master Degree, a high i'll call it powered job, can very very easily, within you,retrigger off, GAD and if you have Panic, and the other condiiton, it could retrigger off anxiety in a different way over again, may I ask, do you take any form of medication? Now, if not, you ought to be seen by a doctor or p doc who can point you the best way forward, if you are going to be selected for a high powered job, you need to have your anxiety levels, under control,simply by taking med.
 
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I think it all depends on how much stress is involved in a job. I had quite a stressful job that meant facilitating meetings, dealing with multi million pound projects with strict time targets. I managed it for 12 years until it all became too much, and i had to stop working.
It all depends on how much you enjoy your work. Because if you dont the stress will definatly get to you in the end
 
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It's a grey area, it's not advisable to have a high responsiblity business position job, even t h ough with a Master Degree, a high i'll call it powered job, can very very easily, within you,retrigger off, GAD and if you have Panic, and the other condiiton, it could retrigger off anxiety in a different way over again, may I ask, do you take any form of medication? Now, if not, you ought to be seen by a doctor or p doc who can point you the best way forward, if you are going to be selected for a high powered job, you need to have your anxiety levels, under control,simply by taking med.
Thank you for replying.

I think it is true in a certain way but I believe it is important to kill the fear by exposing ourselves to our fears in a graduated manner.
I have huge fears that sometimes make me throwup or make me dizzy, lightheaded, with big cold and hot flashes making me scared of fainting when I am in situations where I can escape or that some things are at stake like a date, a job, an activity etc..

But I refuse to tell myself, OK i have some disorder and because of them I won’t achieve what I dream.

I would like to be a manager, a director in some big or mid size companies and work at the international. It’s hard I know, but I want to keep hoping that one day I will be able to get over those disorder.

I lived abroad for 8 years, I did many things I didn’t imagine I would have ever been able to achieve.

But yeah I arrived at this part of my life where working, having a job is coming. And I will have to be independant financially, and it’s true that I am super scared of being fired of a job because I won’t be able to feel good because of panic attacks and everything.

And to answer your question, yes I have been seeing doctors and psy for many years. I am taking Paroxetine and Amytripltiline on a daily basis. And Xanax only when it goes bad or I know I am about to do something very difficult (I take it maybe 1 time per month) but this is because I am a student and i have not yet a job where I have a daily responsibility towards my superiors for results.

I hope I will be able to win against anxiety and achieve big in life
 
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I think it all depends on how much stress is involved in a job. I had quite a stressful job that meant facilitating meetings, dealing with multi million pound projects with strict time targets. I managed it for 12 years until it all became too much, and i had to stop working.
It all depends on how much you enjoy your work. Because if you dont the stress will definatly get to you in the end
Yeah you are right. But don’t you think sometimes the problem isn’t the job but ourselve ? Like I mean, for example being a commercial director is obviously difficult and intense. But isn’t it winnable?

For example, from my 12 to 18 it was impossible for me to imagine dating a girl, having sex, going places. But at my 19 I started to go clubbing and do all the things I cited above dozens and dozens of times. (at 17 I could not even get an haircut or go to a supermarket)

I have achieved a lot and sometimes I relapse and then it is a rollercoaster.

But from that, doesnt it mean we can achieve anything we want in life? as long as we never give up and stab fear right in the heart?

I am just trying to challenge my thoughts. What do you think?

I am started to get really bored of this life, having unnecessary fear of things that should not being fearful. So I just started to do Boxing (even im so scared to break me something during a fight, and that i hate contact in general) and also watching blood test and stuff like that. I am so pissed off, that instead of waiting the fear to get me, I go to the fear.

Well I hope it will work .... Cause I really want to enjoy life
 
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I think it all depends on how much stress is involved in a job. I had quite a stressful job that meant facilitating meetings, dealing with multi million pound projects with strict time targets. I managed it for 12 years until it all became too much, and i had to stop working.
It all depends on how much you enjoy your work. Because if you dont the stress will definatly get to you in the end

But even the fast of doing this job on a daily baisis, your body and mental never got used to it, and make it as a normal habit ?

Like you know, military that will doing exhausting trainings to push themselves to the limits in order to make any other obstacle or situation a fearless situation ?
 
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But even the fast of doing this job on a daily baisis, your body and mental never got used to it, and make it as a normal habit ?

Like you know, military that will doing exhausting trainings to push themselves to the limits in order to make any other obstacle or situation a fearless situation ?
No i never got used to it, the anxiety never left. And sometimes it would take me an hour to pluck up courage to leave the house. It was a daily fight. Before a meeting i had to take betablockers because my heart used to feel it was going to jump out of my body. Outwardly no one knew i had a problem. If i could have afforded to go and work in the local sweet shop i would have done, but if i wanted to keep my house and get my children thru uni i had to earn the money
 
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No i never got used to it, the anxiety never left. And sometimes it would take me an hour to pluck up courage to leave the house. It was a daily fight. Before a meeting i had to take betablockers because my heart used to feel it was going to jump out of my body. Outwardly no one knew i had a problem. If i could have afforded to go and work in the local sweet shop i would have done, but if i wanted to keep my house and get my children thru uni i had to earn the money

damn... do you know why you have not been able to overcome it ? what made you anxious
 
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Childhood trauma caused me to have anxiety from a very young age. Ive had meds and therapy and nothing has helped. I’m now retired so life has become a little easier but its still a daily struggle
 
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I have suffered PTSD coupled with high levels of anxiety and depression, I have had these conditions for 18 years now and have built many multi million pound SME”a from scratch with the rest of my career working at director level for large corporates.

Anything is possible and for me this lifehas huge distraction benefits.

Dont let it take your dreams🕊🕊
 
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I suffer from anxiety, but function normally in the outside world. Indeed, at work I get distracted from anxiety often.

I think it might depend on the role you are doing: If your anxiety is about, say, health, and you are, say, an accountant or systems analyst, you are less likely to encounter an anxiety-inducing situation than if you had an outdoor job and were agoraphobic.
 
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I want to work in a high responsibility job aka career but I am not sure I can because of my physical and mental health issues. My goal/dream is to become a teacher or professor. Maybe I could do it part time. Do not know I can handle full time. My meds and health problems make me tired and fatigued. Maybe I could be an adjunct (part time) professor but they don't make much money.
 
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Hi @Kino
I think you've answered your own query :)

Going into a workplace for the first time can be fraught with confidence and fear issues whether you have a mental health problem or not. You describe not being able to do lots of things, then overcame those fears through courage, patience, determination and more importantly, 'gradual exposure' to scary situations.

I'm currently working in my dream job, only due to an amazing manager who allowed me to start with small hours and work my way up to fulltime hours with support from my GP and psychologist. Each day I grew more confident which allowed me to shine at what I do best instead of worry about the what if's.

I experienced a major trigger one day and in tears, I asked for help and got it without question. Yes, it is up to the individual to promote themselves, but without a support system in place around you for those 'moments', success might not be as easy.

Big kudos my friend. Good luck! :)
 
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