Should I disclose social anxiety at a job interview?

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123sam321

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Hi all,

I'm 27 and suffer with social anxiety, that only seems to be getting worse with age. I'm working full time at the moment, but looking for a new job, hopefully an accounts / finance role. I'm lòoking to leave because our office size has just quadrupled due to an office merge, and I just cannot cope with the new numbers.

My question is, should I mention social anxiety at interviews to potential employers?

My hope is that they will empathise with me, and understand some of my short comings. I never have disclosed this before and often end up getting encouraged into situations that often trigger SA - usually because my employer has had my best interests in mind, not understanding my struggles.

I am undecided about this, as I'm worried I will be overlooked for a candidate who doesn't appear to be such gamble. However, on the other hand, if I'm going to get another job that triggers SA, I will be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. If I am going to be discriminated against, then would it still be better to keep disclosing it until I find an employer who does understand and can accommodate it for me? Rather than potentially getting a job quick and end up stuck in a similar or worse situation?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Many thanks,
 
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anxiousbee

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There are definitely pros and cons, but I think you should mention your social anxiety and explain it to them the best you can. Maybe ask them questions about the things you're worried about too. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don't take social anxiety seriously, but you should still be honest because your mental health is important
 
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i personally would not the majority of employers will look at you as a liability its best to get the job then tell them eventually if they wrongfully sack you have rights based on some kind of act depending where you live
 

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