Thanks ladies!! I appreciate your responses!! It feels good to know I am not alone, especially since this is such a hard feat to overcome. I do want to see a psychiatrist I just cannot afford to do so at the moment. I am definitely going to look into what I might be able to do from home and also what I might be able to do outside of home that doesn't involve so many new people and chaotic happenings lol. Geesh, this is worse than losing the weight! Much harder too!!
I didn't leave my house for three years due to anxiety, so I know how you feel. I finally got help from a psychiatrist. If you don't want to get help, the only jobs I can think of are something like maybe night stocking where there will be very few customers and only other stockers. You could try some work at home jobs, depending on whether you can talk on the phone to strangers or not (and no - not THAT kind of talk ;). Try workplacelikehome.com I've worked for a couple of places they list. It was before I got my medications, though, so I didn't work for them for long.
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Much of your work and health experiences sound like mine. The office situation and then I knew I suffered from depression and then much later found out about the anxiety disorder. I currently work customer service from home and it is wonderful. I started out working this call/center customer service job in the office and then transitioned to home. It is wonderful and the company is very reputable. You may check out call center ads that you start in an office and then transition. Good luck
I actually had a job in a shoe manufacturing plant. For two weeks. Then on the way there at 5:30 am (not a morning person here lol) I dozed off for a split second and opened my eyes with just enough time to swerve back into my own lane and NOT get hit by a tractor trailer truck. Shook me up so bad I quit. =( I feel like I am going to be stuck in this mess forever. Can't find a job I like but can't make money sitting at home... Although I would love to lol. Just haven't found anything worth really trying out at home since half of the things you see are a scam... =(
i can relate, i have been home for the past 4 years with my kids... but i am sooo ready to go back to work because they are driving me crazy! but i am scared to death to go back to working with people... worried that i cannot handle it... i cannot even go to walmart to shop because there are too many people! and i cannot go anywhere alone... so how the heck could i drive to a job on my own... ugh so depressing, i really wanna go back to work but dont think i can handle it....
I had social anxiety very badly, so I would look for a job that wouldn't require me to deal with customers, ect. I found a job at a manufacturing plant. It's not my dream job, but I don't have to deal with tons of people. I can sit there, do my job, and not worry about it. Maybe you should look for something like that?
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I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for a long time now. I always knew I was depressed but I never realized I was suffering from anxiety, I just thought the symptoms I had were that of depression too... Finally I sought help from my doctor and he clued me in. When I started thinking back and researching anxiety I felt the light bulb click on in my head. Now if only I could fix that bulb--because it seems to have gone out...
I have not been working for over two years now. I quit what was a pretty decent job because I was under a lot of stress and depressed and the work environment I was in was NOT helping me at all. I couldn't handle everyone fighting with each other and being put in the middle of all these stupid old lady arguments. So I quit. Since then I have had numerous job opportunities, probably 5 or 6, that I have been hired for and either quit before I started or quit after a day or a week or once after two weeks...
I really WANT to get back to work but I can't get past these feelings of fear and anxiety to make it in a job. I guess I KNOW I CAN work it is just dealing with people that sometimes gets me nervous and having many things do to on top of dealing with people just freaks me out. I just cry when I think about it. I am on prozac but it is not helping with this situation.
Can anybody give me ideas about what kind of jobs work for any of you that have anxiety? I do not have a college degree and my only experience in the workforce was at walmart and a laundry dept at a hospital...
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