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I'm new here and was wondering if anyone could assist me with something please?


Thank you for taking the time to read my first post, it means an awful lot to me. I am currently looking for a job. I am 22 years old and i'm qualified as a carer however, recently I have left 2 care jobs due to the stress it is bringing me. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and find it difficult to hold down any job (the longest i've had was 2 months and that was in 2015) as I find that when it has been a few hours or depending on the circumstances, I start to have a panic attack to the point where I'm holding back the tears whilst serving a customer (it's SO embarrassing for me). I was wondering if there is anyone or anything I can do to get some guidance with this as I really want to move my life forward. I have change my life in so many ways in the last year alone but still find it difficult being with the general public again. I've tried the medication and i've tried the therapy, I don't want that I want to do this on my own however, I've looked for work from home jobs but can't find anything i'm able to do and also I don't drive so can't do things like delivery jobs else I would be. Also, I'm too scared to work at night so I really do need to find an understanding employer. If I got an interview with an employer should I explain about my GAD in hope that they can work with me to make things better for the both of us so I don't keep fleeing in fear? Like, are their laws in which a company can help you stay in work when having a long term mental health condition? Thank you so much everyone in advance.

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Hi Miss Devon, and welcome to this caring forum. It may be an idea to try to work out the reason why you become so anxious. It it really good that you want to move your life forward. Would you consider trying medication and therapy again? These treatments are successful and it is often difficult to address these issues on our own. Some help is often required in the form of medication/counselling/cognitive behavioral therapy, so it would be well worth accessing these. This can all be arranged by your GP. Perhaps some careers advice / counselling would be helpful to you, where you can discuss your options? This can be accessed at your local college, or job centre. Regarding employment and mental health issues, you will find a lot of information on MIND website mind.org.uk

MIND Information line 0300 123 3393.

Are any other members able to help Miss Devon, please? Do let us know how you get on. Thank you and best wishes.

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