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Social anxiety and work, help!!

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RachaelS

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Hi, this is my first time writing one of these haha. So I just want to hear about some of your experiences with social anxiety and going to work. I’m 19 and I’ve not been able to stick at anything because of my anxiety. I hardly went to school, I’ve dropped out of college twice and the longest time I’ve been able to hold down a job is 2/3 months... I just can’t do it.. if I push myself I just end up having a breakdown. I know I’ll probably have anxiety forever so how am I meant to hold down a job? Ive been suffering since I was about 13 and although I can do things I never used to be able to, like going to the doctors etc, I still haven’t improved much. I have waves of good days and then bad days, recently I’ve not been able to attend my driving lessons because of my anxiety but cancelling makes me worse because I hate letting them down, do I just stop my lessons altogether? But then I don’t want to give up:( I’m on antidepressants and I have counselling so I am trying. I’m so scared I’ll never be able to work a normal 9-5 job like all my friends are able to do now.. and what happens if I can’t? Does anyone know of any online jobs? Or a job role that might suit someone like me? I feel like I’m the only person who’s social anxiety stops them from being able to work totally, like it’s my main trigger point.
Sorry it’s quite a long read, I just really need some advice or to hear someone else’s story to know I’m not alone and really someone who isn’t a family member (I have my counselling but that’s only 1 hour a week), I feel like such a burden on my parents, I hate putting them through this but I can’t help it...
 
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Zoe1

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hi Rachael :welcome:

what does your psychiatrist say about it ?
 
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RachaelS

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I’ve only recently started seeing this counsellor and my sessions were more focused on issues in my home life (everything has improved now in that area).. so I haven’t really spoke about that yet, I definitely will though😅
 
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Zoe1

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oh because usually its the psychiatrist
who assesses what kind of work we can do

I was told in hospital
that I lacked insight into my mental health
and I sure did
had far too high expectations of myself
 
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