Workplace anxiety - place to chat

I thought it would be useful to start a thread for those working and struggling with workplace anxiety.

Personally I have a long-standing (since childhood) social anxiety around figures of authority - I have difficulty talking to those more senior than me, especially those who can determine my career progression (e.g. my boss). I also have a dread of making mistakes and what people are thinking about me.

At its extreme this manifests itself in panic attacks (off to the toilet I go to hide and cry...) but mostly it just manifests itself as constant thinking all day at 90mph - when I get home from work I am too exhausted from all the constant thinking and the effort of socialising all day that I can't do anything that I need to do for myself, like exercising or cooking a nice meal, and just end up with my face in a ready meal on the sofa.

I'm lucky that I have been able to share with my boss that I have anxiety and she does understand, but I still try to keep discussion of it to a minimum and pretend it's not happening because like it or not, there is a stigma, and my supposed 'lack of confidence' has then been used as a bit of a stick to beat me with in feedback meetings.

What about everybody else? What are your workplace difficulties? How do you cope? Are your manager/colleagues aware of your anxiety?


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