I love working, I just can’t deal with the work gossip and politics and things like having to join colleagues for lunch and work socials. He kept going and kept going. There will be discomfort, just accept it and keep facing that too.. and you’ll slowly wonder what all the fuss was about.. Because that’s what the mind is ‘one giant lump of fuss’.. all you have to do is realize and take conscious action. This changes everything. My friend and I don’t know what to do about it. Movers. Individuals with these phobias significantly alter the course of their lives around these fears. That is good to know. I’m only 23 and struggle so bad. By then I had been diagnosed with extreme anxiety disorder and depression as a result of the 2009 accident however none of that was taken into consideration. I didn’t know about this “ergophobia” existing until today. I’ve had many jobs, all short-lived and all social-oriented. I never talked about this to anyone too, cause I’m afraid people think I’m lazy. I was okay at my first job before but I suffered some difficult situations that led me to resign. I just want you to know that what you wrote here seems to completely match up with my situation. My insecurities and fears all came out. I panic! It’s like my mind is so clouded I cannot think or remember straight. This happens to be every day, it’s a constant battle and no one seems to understand (at least the people around me). Nobody ever stays in the same job, it’s A LOT of effort when he just die anyways.” Urgh… NO! What confused me even more was the fact that many colleagues/stakeholders praised my work. My anxiety is so bad all I do is sweat so bad and my eyes are so dilated everyone thinks I am an addict I sometimes don’t know what to do I get sick. Face your fear to overcome it. Same with job interviews and job hunting – I get dizzy and blank out as I apply to them and definitely have had panic attacks before the interviews. 29 year old here. If you can, take this job and hold onto it. I don’t entirely like Math either but i seem to like the challenge. The panic attacks had me crying occasionally too. I feel the exact same way! I never realized that I’m not alone for feeling this way! Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. A lot of the time, I block myself completely and I cannot program even the simplest things which reinforces the idea that I’m stupid. Ergophobiacs are literally terrified not only of work environments, but of the thought of work itself. In my case, I thought it isn’t so much of severe one. It’s hard because I can feel people judging me. I was worried about result, teachers and every single thing. I lost my job in early June. The addition of these new tasks overwhelms me, even though they are simple. I try my best and i am doing very well. I think it helps that we’re both dealing with a similar issue. So what does this have to do with programming? I really want to help my mother because she’s always helped me and it saddens me because I really want to help her, but my damn anxiety is just TOO much. We would rather remain stuck in this agony and misery than push out to achieve something that’s more than the minuscule tantrums running in our heads. I don’t know why I am having such negative feelings as my job pays me well and it’s a reputed company to begin your career with. Basically they are in a position that they shouldn’t be in, maybe they know someone in the company and that’s how they got their jobs, who knows, doesn’t make any difference. This sounds totally stupid to most people, but I was so averse to work that I literally pretended to do it; I made the motions and pretended to pick up the clothes, physically walked to the laundry room, and pretended to throw them into the laundry pile! I wanna cry thinking about it. It’s even worse when my co-worker wants me to take her shifts and I have to work more than 3 days. I have had the same problem for many years now. The idea of going to work for 9 hours makes me have panic attacks. A lot of people have nightmares about work because they suffer from job related stress or financial problems etc. So i have THAT to compete with too. Later on when it was time to get a job after high school it was terrifying especially because i had to drive. Google Timothy Sykes. Guys you have so much to offer with your education. I have hormone issues too so it may be contributing since i was never as depressed until i was 15 (second year of my period). The problem is no action or execution of things that we want/ need to do.. Its again another fear and the only way to fight fear is to face it.. not think about how to face it, read 10 books about facing it, ask opinions about facing it.. just face it.. be there, aware while facing it.. At this moment I am out of work and I am dealing with this work phobia right now. I know I’m a fairly capable person but the thought of failure is crippling. When I was studying I was not myself, I lost being me. This gives the interviewer a chance to respond and assuage any concerns, also to realize that you are not going to put up with any shenanigans in the future). It’s so hard dealing with this when no one around you can comprehend what you are going through. I’m so scared of having to stay 8 hours a day in front of a computer, every single day of the week, typing and typing, with no one to interact to except for a machine, and my back would ache and ache but I would not be able to leave the chair, not able to leave the work, oh no, because I need the money, the money to pay for the pills, I now take 4 of them a day, I don’t think I can take it much longer. Well, it’s basically what I want to do as a career. When i start looking for a job i feel uneasy, once i get the job is a battle every day. My wife suggested me to meditate and just focus on my breath and try to clear my head for a sec. I would also suggest getting some therapy for anxiety (cognitive-behavioural therapy is probably best), it’s very treatable and you don’t have to be stuck at home for the rest of your life. I have started eating full spectrum cbd gummies every day and they have helped me so much with my anxiety. I have a constant fear that anything I attempt I will fail at. How will I be able to cope with those who has 20 years of experience. He thinks its pure laziness. Social. I guess childhood bullying and family circumstances contributed to it. I avoided the world of work as much as I could and turned to alcohol as an immediate relief for this horrible fear. Literally no one understands what I go through. I remembered having a full blown panic attack after my dad told me he suggested working under his friend, which happened to be that activity I didn’t know I would fear: designing. I’m running away from work opportunities. Systematic desensitization or gradual exposure therapy can also work in that; the person could try to work part time and gradually increase the hours until full time is achieved. I know for a fact now that I am not at fault for this problem. I’m intelligent, talented, and personable, yet absolutely terrified to take on the responsibility of any significant job. Most of my University classmates have work now and here I am staying at my parents house, that’s why I disconnected with all my University classmates. All that adds to how I feel, I feel inadequate, like I shouldn’t be in this world, I feel misunderstood and I feel pathetic as an adult approaching 30 that I can’t handle something as basic as having a job. I’d rather be skint and not anxious or constantly dread being a wage slave for the next 45 years and have a quiet recluse life than be stressed to the max about a job that doesn’t matter anyway. To get a diploma I need traineeship. For example, the sufferer might be afraid of performing manual labor due to the fear of getting injured. I have realized that I probably have not only performance anxiety but social anxiety. I kept trying but would feel like running away. Not long ago i told my mom i have depression and that wasn’t easy and she set me up with a therapist and i’m scared of what they might say. I have become a burden to my brother and mother. As people with anxiety know all to well, the more time we have to think, the more time we have to worry. I get so scared and feel sick and can never sleep the night before. But I am just so terrified all the time. Working from home was the solution for me – not perfect but 90% less stress. I got anxiety and panic attacks at each job I was in. I know it’s hard but you’ll make yourself more nervous the more you think about it. I have a fog, and I don’t hear the question. Even if they ask me same question for 100 times because i dont want them to suffer from what i am suffering. These are a few ways of overcoming Ergophobia. thanks in advance. That’s how badly it has been for me in the past. I won’t go into as much detail as you did, but just know that it felt good to know that I wasn’t the only one out there suffering from this. Anyways if you read the whole thing thank you. But in the end, exactly what I’ve feared came to pass. I just looked up if there was a phobia for getting a job and found this site. I WANT to work and I WANT desperately to be/feel “normal” and to make my own $ and stand on my own 2 feet BUT, I just find that I can’t shake the aversion I have to working! Everyone treats me like a freak, i get bullied even at 29, i know if i went out and started a job somewhere or even went for an interview i’d get called “weird” and a “freak”. Anxiety At Work Meetings One of the most common times people feel anxious at work (after getting called in to see the boss) is at meetings where you are expected to speak up in front of many others. Not sure if you have an anxiety disorder? potential because of an emotional illness handicap, doing yourself a great disservice, and just need to recognize and accept it for what it is, and confess/recognize to your parents what it is, and go get some psychiatric help. I honestly have felt like I have something wrong with me whether it be work related anxiety, social anxiety, mental illness OR I am just a lazy bones! We cannot survive in this world with this fear. I’ve never been tested for either. I did apply for this one job and I got it. What will they say to me? There were rumors in the office, once a ‘colleague’ pretending being my friend told me that everyone in the office believed I was having an affair with my manager which was not true and I started to feel crushed and stressed and panic attacks and afraid to speak. To stop the symptoms, I end up closing the software without doing anything with it. Social phobia, which causes extreme anxiety in social or public situations, and Agoraphobia, which is the fear of being alone in public places from which there is no easy escape. It’s been a discouraging and depressing experience for a couple of years for me. It is an irrational aversion that seems so big in my brain. Does it mean I have work phobia? My mother knows I don’t like dealing with people. Hello. Turn the negatives (anything that bothers you) into positives for instance: You have been working very hard on a project just to be told by your manager that you’re taking too much time and the work you did doesn’t meet expectations. I feel guilty everyday. I have never worked entirely in my life and im so afraid to look for a job now. But the same thing happened again. You need to analyze those dreams and figure out what they mean to you. My warmest wishes to you from a fellow sufferer. I get so upset that I start crying and often just want to quit my job and hide at home forever. This wasn’t a problem until now that I’m working. It's estimated that around 10 million people in the UK have a phobia. He died last December and I was meant to find a job but I get myself into such a state over it. But the belief that I’m stupid is so ingrained in me that I fear programming. So yeah that’s me, 19 and scared to get a job that requires talking to people. I get SO angry with myself but I dont think Im lazy. Another thought could be, my manager may be under too much pressure and may be under stress to meet deadlines. I organize, i sort and then i’m done (although i’m never really satisfied with what i’ve done either). Does anyone feel as if it’s so physically draining committing yourself to something you don’t care about for 8 hours a day? I just wanted to comment because I feel your pain, but I also want you to know therapy would help so much! I HATE the feeling I get in the morning or night before work. Contact JAN if you have questions about phobias and how they might affect work situations. I wish you the very best of luck in finding your light at the end of your very dark tunnel as I have mine x. Hi. I’m on ESA and in the process of a disability living allowance claim for my anxiety as I find it too horrific trying to be around people all the time. I need someone to talk to. I’m miserable, I always feel like someone is out to get me for some reason or another. I got a new job as cleaning cabins, it’s not that bad because i work by myself but the feeling comes over me again maybe because it is a new job. Hey, I’m sorry to hear you are feeling like this. Support my work by sharing this phobia list. Knowing that I’m not alone in this is sort of giving me motivation and drive to pick myself up and try again. I can get jobs that pay a lot more than I make, and I have…but I am always miserable, and I always quit. I think it’s because I was my own boss and I didn’t answer to anyone except myself (and my wife’s parents, but I was given free reign over how to prepare classes, as I was the most-fluent in English. I dropped out of college a few years ago due to this very problem. I’m finishing up my degree and work part-time to help out financially, but I don’t have the income alone to support us. I’m 25. So I left it midway. Job search networking needs to be approached differently to lessen the anxiety felt in developing relationships that could lead to employment. I just needed the health plan. Can I talk to you? You all sound like the most interesting people. But honestly, performance anxiety for me is the worst, because any blunder or mistake is just “evidence” of my incompetence, that’s how I feel. Your comment I probably related to the most and it’s really crazy because I would tell people about my fear and they just keep saying to get over it and the more you do it the more you’ll get used to it. They feel their memory is drained. Go to a neurologist? You could start off by going for couple of hours once a week and increase it steadily. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I have the same anxieties. I don’t know how to get over this, I want to and need to but it seems impossible! I want to be that professional woman I used to be but at the same time I can hear their voices saying my English is not good enough and making fun behind my back. you are on your way to repairing your road and taking down the roadblock forever!!! We live in the Bay Area so money coming in gets drained on bills. I graduated with higher grades and awards as Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. I fear failing at work. I cried until my eyes got so swollen and then i had to use heat pack to make the swell go down. I can’t even play video games that require work. I later applied for other jobs, still getting nowhere and have since never tried again. I have a fear of being fired at my job. They may fear losing a job, not being able to perform certain aspects of their job (such as meeting deadlines or giving presentations) or experience extreme anxiety with any basic task. Thank you for listening and sharing your life experiences and challenges! My boss is now asking me to do some extra duties. Won awards and everything. It really helps me to know others can relate and are going through the same struggle. I don’t want to apply and when I do I wish they don’t call me. There are time that I’m contemplating suicide because of thinking about going to work again. Eventually they all thought this was going to stop but it did not. The anxiety had turned chronic. I think the more we remember to die to ourselves for the mission, the more personal integrity we will build in ourselves – and then, no one’s opinion will matter to us anymore (I hope this one day) and this deep fear will dissipate. I did work as a playgroup assistant for a year until the leader decided I wasn’t bouncy or loud enough. I’m not sure what to do anymore. I am profoundly deaf and have suffered from social anxiety since a toddler. I had even started working 2 days regularly and was happier with that, but I looked at my expenses and had to go back to 3 days and I can’t stand it. I’m going on 32 this month. My manager during internship used to yelled at me. Now I’m trying to apply for jobs and I am once again terrified. But all of the jobs I’ve had thus far I’ve felt like this. Performance anxiety or fear of failing assigned tasks or the fear of speaking before groups could lead to fear of work phobia. This thought may help in times when you feel attacked, unappreciated, stressed or an injustice towards you. Sent via email this week was ‘When it comes to speaking up in meetings, I just panic, my mind goes blank, I feel stupid and it looks like I don’t know my job!’. Recommended reading: The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World, Laney Psy.D., Marti Olsen. Whether it’s for service or some entertainment job I can’t seem to be able to handle it. This website is dedicated to fears and phobias. I have no idea what to do or how to fix it. I have had this fear my whole life. Booklocker.com; 2004. I’m also lost now, as no one understands me and I just dunno what to do. I’m afraid to drive AND do cashiering. Due to the pandemic I just keep crying and contemplating bad things. Thank you for writing such an interesting post. Arachibutyrophobia (Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth) Arachibutyrophobia is … I just turned 30 and I feel so far behind my peers. Thankfully I’m not required to answer every time they call, so I can avoid it. I am just so scared that when I apply, they’re gonna call me for an interview. Since then, I’ve moved from one job to the next with gaps in between. He was the top performer, and really worked hard (he does enterprise sales). It keeps happening to me that I keep finding excuses to not go to work. I thought i was the only one feeling this. I am scared to talk to anyone about this. For my own sanity. I hopped from one study branch to another. I don’t want what happened the last time to happen again. Now that I write this all out, maybe it’s not as mild as I thought. If not I am thinking maybe I could start one. What if I feel sick at work? Lastly, you know that you are putting your best into your work and you should be proud, it’s always nice to get a pat on the back but don’t ever expect that pat on the back because it may never come – PAT YOUR OWN BACK your doing a good job for you and just you for your own satisfaction, not to satisfy some miserable manager. A significant decrease in the quality or quantity of one’s work performance. People who use the term “lazy” are judgemental and not very bright. Last summer when we were married, my husband had an amazing job, and had been working there for over a year. What if I have headaches every day. I’ve suffered from this for years on end. Fortunately, I work for a company that let’s me work from home as needed so it’s not a horrible situation. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job and the other females did. And i am 25 years old as well. Sure, one could say I can ask them if they have any tips but they’ll just give me what I already know. Please any suggestions would be appreciated. I have completed my graduation and also post graduation from reputed institutes and bagged the best dream job and I thought that’s it now I will never have to look back. I was job hunting at that time after dropping out of college. I am currently really struggling to go to, and stay, at work. I am turning 22 and I really want to start working since I stopped school recently but I am very anxious and scared of other people. And remember, it’s not too late to switch jobs, you can always apply for a different job, one where you have more social interaction. It just makes me sick inside. I really don’t know what to do anymore but I can’t stay on benefits much longer. Sometimes I just want to hide, although deep down I want to go back to work and be that person I used to be. Phobias, however, are not to be confused with fears. I don’t care about stupid Small Talk and meaningless chit chat talking JUST for the sake of talking. I completed my Bachelors degree in Computer Science and was jobless for 2 years(Joined a start-up as an intern and left it after 3 months), before I got an opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree from one of the best institutes of India in 2013. I’m wondering if disability is something to look into? I’m Destiney. The occupation is stressful and demanding, and at 56 I need to find myself something else to do but I am so anxietized. I don’t think i’m Autistic or have Aspergers, i don’t have Sensory Problems, i don’t have OCD (apart from getting a bit obsessive about things but only things i feel most passionate and enthusiastic about), i like organization but in a healthy way because i don’t like to clean lol. I would dread Mondays, I would wake up with stomach aches and have to go to the restroom shortly after getting to work, would take restroom breaks just to get away and I would develop migraines by lunchtime. Social Phobias - Fear Of Gatherings Many people have anxiety in social situations, especially when meeting new people, but the fear is usually not severe and typically passes. Ergophobia is a part of social anxiety disorder. This fear will not go away on its own and before you know it you could be at the age of being “unemployable”. I know this doesn’t help with interviewing and job searching but it should help once you get the job. It is all such wasted potential because NO it is not laziness – we all want to be part of this world and do something that fulfils us in the work place. Until now I don’t have a job. I’m scared of what’s going to happen outside my comfort zone. What if I pass out? No longer able to hold a job. The symptoms of this include: Feeling dizzy, nauseated, sweaty and breathless Phobics describe feeling “foggy” or detached from reality. Done with all subjects at college. I’m having financial difficulties. It’s really crazy it feels that bad. What are my interests? I’m a mess. Every time I have a job – even just barely part-time – I sit around on my days off and the moment I get off from work mentally counting down the hours until I have to work again. Get some counseling and meds. And I think this might be me coming out of the fog, slowly but surely. Interviews have always been the worst for me. Unfortunately, I can’t. Unfortunately you landed a dream job but the crummy manager came with it. McGraw-Hill; 2003. I’ve recently been throwing up, full blown panic attacks, and don’t have the energy to complete the tasks I need to, let alone find the motivation. I would laugh along with them but deep inside i wanted to cry scream and tell them i’m not lazy, there’s just something wrong with me. So I went to school to get a computer science degree but I’m afraid of applying to jobs where I will have to write code every day, but the fear is not of spending my whole day typing code with no human interaction, it’s a fear of performance anxiety – producing working code that will work, and sounding dumb in front of coworkers and bosses. I would have tension pain in my neck and shoulder for weeks at times. I always wanted to be alone, work alone. I just finished working for a week there and the anxiety and discomfort are still there. Because, it takes one to know one as they say – I do not want her to suffer the way I have all my life. What if I say or do the dumbest thing ever during that interview. This has made me feel so bad about myself and I have no wish to be social with anybody. I wish I could reply to everyone here because I can relate so much. That’s the problem, since I know about them I am afraid how they are going to criticize me in every thing. I was doing some quizzes and one of the questions had something to do with phobia of animals. Hi Louisa. But as a child you had to go to school. They can be yes. I could not complete my education normally because of intense fear of people. Most of the time I lost my appetite and can’t sleep well. I get this feeling. Hey, I’m like 23 yo and have just graduated from my master’s degree. Their One-Size-Fits-All way of doing things never allow us to adapt to work to ourselves. I worked at coffee shops, retail, a gas station. I think i have OCD along with other mental issues. Fortunately, I have people in my life who understand. Moreover, I always say that I can not do this thing or that work. Now i reply to his messages even if its late night. We need to stand our ground. However, their success rates vary based on the time and length of treatment. Sent via email this week was ‘When it comes to speaking up in meetings, I just panic, my mind goes blank, I feel stupid and it looks like I don’t know my job!’. My girlfriend is now my wife, and we finally got her green card (it was a long, expensive, and stressful process). There’s some block that prevents me from doing it. Unfortunately, most jobs involve regular interaction with people, and I have quit most of those jobs even without having another job lined up. My grandmother just passed away. Needless to say I was miserable and so sacred, all I wanted to do was go to the bathroom and cry. I also procrastinate of starting my own business from home for I fear I will not look after home and family as well. Meetings can be big, scary beasts if you let them be. Hello Everyone, Are nightmares of going to work a symptom as well? I keep applying for jobs, and I get some interviews but don’t get the job. I told them that I’m not happy with what I’m doing, but my parents didn’t support the idea. I always feel I am being judged and that I am not a good resource. It started with the excess hair then from 17 onwards it all started to get worse. If you have any advice, or want to talk so that maybe we could help each other, I would enjoy that. I was forced to keep my fears to myself. I tried four different careers but none of them seem to be working for me. I always thought that I’m just lazy. All i know is i learn better alone. What if the same thing happens that happened with all my previous jobs and I can’t cope? I don’t take part time job even when i was young. When someone is with me in the car I’m fine. Since i am the only Lead Manager left, everyone expect me to fill in the previous manager’s shoes and be like him and not be ME at work. The individuals suffering from it are afraid to seek employment from fear of being yelled at by superiors, or, in general, due to performance or social anxiety. Tips to Conquer Fear of Meetings: 1. These were costly. Secondly, a good manager should want to help you grow.. We can’t give up. I kept doing this to the next 3 customers. I lost the use of my right arm and right hand so that was it for doing hair. I remember my first two jobs. I am 41 and have been in and out, (mostly out), of work all my life. Traumatic or negative incident- A work related injury or incident, harassment or bullying by co-workers, robbery or hostage situation at the workplace can lead to post traumatic stress disorder. Take care and thinking of you and all the suffering you have had with this over the years – it is horrendous but I’m sure there is help out there for this now – even meditation, hypnotherapy, CBT something that can help you. Alexis, I feel the same exact way. 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