I have ergophobia. I'm scared no one will believe me...

Ergophobia is a thing. I feel helpless and trapped. Whenever I think about finding a job after about five years, I feel ashamed and useless.

I don't know what steps to take to start living a normal, productive life. And I'm 30! I'm scared this will last forever.

I went to college. I have skills. I still feel like I make tons of mistakes and that I'm too stupid to function in any role.

My biggest fear is homelessness.

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  • Thank you so much for sharing your concern as a matter of fact i am suffering from the same thing but never knew it. I wish i could come up with a solution to this but i am sailing on the same boat

  • I'm learning each day to take tiny steps to meet my goal. It's difficult but each step takes you closer to where you want to be.

  • Ok, first off, Ergophobia is not a phobia in the truest sense. It's a subset of social anxiety disorder. "Phobia" is a word overused to the point that it has little meaning anymore. True phobias are so bad that people will do just about anything to avoid the locus of their phobia. Go ahead and show a person with arachnophobia a picture of a spider and you'll know what I mean. I don't think you'd do that when entering a work space. Don't hang your hat on this moniker of phobia, it will only stifle you. Treat your anxiety disorders (social anxiety, performance anxiety, etc.) and you'll be able to work. Also, you need to have a clear understanding that not liking and being uncomfortable in a job is normal. Take it from someone with the same sort of problem; drop the pop-psych diagnosis and deal with your underlying issues. Start with an improved diet and some exercise, then do some meditation. The goal is to get your autonomic nervous system to stop overreacting to social stimuli. Then start exposing yourself to job-related stressors....anyway, I'll leave the rest up to you and your therapist.

  • Lol.

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