According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18.1% of adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder and, while anxiety is a highly treatable mental health condition, only 1/3 of those suffering receive treatment. In the workplace, anxiety can be triggered by interviews, presentations, interacting with colleagues and supervisors, and fears of inadequacy or judgment. Severe workplace anxiety goes beyond sweaty palms and a racing heart: it can be debilitating, with symptoms ranging from a deep rooted fear, feelings of dread, extreme and obsessive worry, or panic. Your behavior because of these symptoms can make it seem like you’re avoiding others or you have no interest in your job. This anxiety interferes with your productivity and can result in cut hours, lack of salary increase, and/or loss of your job.
While it’s normal to have some anxiety, maybe as a result of stress or doing something you don’t particularly care to do, it’s not normal to have extreme symptoms and that’s when you should seek help. Take a look at the infographic below to learn a little more about anxiety in the workplace.