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Imposter Syndrome

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I'm a new member and this is my first post. I'm very thankful there is a community here that is so understanding and supportive.

I'm under severe anxiety and major depression. Mostly stems from my job/career. I have a high-level national sales management job and have done very well for my family. Married 27 years, kids 16, 12 and 8. I'm 53. You would think i would be on top of the world.

But I have these bouts with anxiety over job performance about every five years or so since my late 30s. This one is by far the worst, going on six months, and I am absolutely scared to death i won't be able to function at work, won't be able to find a new job while in this condition and will have no choice but to go on disability. Wife hasn't worked for nearly 20 years.

Can anyone relate and provide advice? I'm on the verge of doing a partial hospitalization program for a couple weeks as I very concerned about my ability to return to work after the holidays.

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frank323 in reply to Iloveart7

Thank you

Are you on medication for anxiety? I am 56 and my job is somewhat stressful too. I take a small dose of Zoloft and have for six years. I recently recovered from a 40- year mental illness. It is Anorexia. I become ill at 14. I am 56 so most of my life I have been ill. I know how crippling anxiety can be. Talk to a therapist. I would not be alive today if not for them.

Thank you reaching out. I am on 50 mg of Zoloft. And I am seeing a therapist that I like. Still, struggling big time. But I am always receptive to more help. Very happy that you have found a way through your illness. It’s a tough journey.

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