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What is Work Anxiety?

While a small percentage of people live with anxiety disorder, many experience daily anxiety but never go for help or seek an official diagnosis. Not every person will have a diagnosable condition who has anxiety, but, either way, the negative effects must be addressed to prevent poor outcomes. Find out what work anxiety looks like and how to seek help for anxiety or any underlying addictive behaviors that may exist. 

Certain Symptoms Around Anxiety

There is no work anxiety disorder that is listed officially, but the following symptoms can be noted that may help people who are struggling:

  • Jittery feeling
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Startle reaction

Causes of Work Anxiety

Work anxiety may be caused by a variety of characteristics, including major events or some more subtle moments. You spend so much time at work that if things are going well, it can feel overwhelming. Work is stressful, but it depends on the person and their challenges. They may come in with underlying mental health issues or may not be able to control their anxiety and feelings of concern including:

  • Work deadlines
  • Managing staff
  • Demanding boss
  • High workload
  • Lack of direction at work
  • Low rewards, including not enough pay or benefits

Effects of Work Anxiety

When living with work anxiety, it takes a toll on many aspects of people’s lives. Some of the more common effects of work anxiety can include reduced work performance, effects on the relationship, reduced productivity, or reduced job satisfaction, among other things. The impact can be far-reaching, including negative impact on colleagues. An employer should be open to hearing about what is causing anxiety so they can be supportive of finding solutions, but they are not always sure how to approach a person who struggles at work in this way. An employer has to follow the ADA regulations for accommodations and has to work with someone before letting them go. However, it depends on how well the person responds and whether they seek support from the outside for anxiety, as well. Things may change at work but the person may not change. They need to find help if they continue to struggle with addiction and finally get what they need to heal and perform better across the board. 

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