I am a 46-year-old woman who is afraid to go to a job interview. I have been out of work for several months now. I actually am pretty skilled and have a decent resume. The problem is that as soon as I get into my car to go to an interview, I start to experience anxiety. The closer I get to the job site, the worse the anxiety gets. Turning off the engine when I arrive can be a struggle in itself. But opening the car door and walking up to the office door brings intense feelings of panic. I am embarrassed to count how many times I have had my hand on the office door, frozen, and then turned around and headed for my car. It never fails that once I am in my car and heading home, I feel both a sense of relief and guilt. I have failed ONCE AGAIN! Dr. Tim, what is wrong with me?
It sounds like you may be suffering from some type Social Anxiety Disorder. It was formerly known as a Social Phobia. I obviously would never try to provide a diagnosis without seeing you professionally, but I am suggesting that this sounds uncomfortable enough for you to seek professional help. You will want to find a provider who regularly works with anxiety disorders. If what you are experiencing is a rather new phenomenon, the odds of a more rapid recovery will likely be in your favor.
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