Managing an Anxiety Disorder at Work
Learn about ways to manage your anxiety in the workplace, and know your rights if anxiety keeps you from performing at your best.
Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH
Dealing with an anxiety disorder can affect every area of your life, including your job. If your anxiety is severe, it can get in the way of your advancement at work, keeping you from getting the promotions and recognition that you deserve. So it’s important to learn how to manage your symptoms.
Workplace Anxiety: It’s a Common Thing
Work in itself is often stressful. Even without an anxiety disorder, it can be quite common to get nervous about leading a meeting or giving a presentation at work. “A lot of people do have performance anxiety,” notes Sally R. Connolly, LCSW, a therapist at the Couples Clinic of Louisville in Kentucky. “Anxiety before presentations is normal. Probably about 80 percent of people have it.” It makes many people uncomfortable to be the center of attention at work, and that added pressure can make an underlying anxiety disorder even worse, keeping you from accomplishing what you need to do.