I Just Lost My Job Because Of Anxiety & Add

I've been dealing with anxiety issues for a few years now, specifically social anxiety.  My symptoms have been getting worse recently, and I found that I also have the "quiet" form of ADD, which is the Inattantive kind, specifically Sluggish Cognitive Tempo.  I am so distracted all the time, it's like I'm always in la la land and can't concentrate.  I also tend to become easily overwhelmed at the most stupid  things, so I can't multitask to save my life.  Just last week, I found that I am losing my job because I just can't "handle" it. 


I feel like such a loser and I hate being this way!  I'm trying medicine out, but only time will tell what type and dosage I need.  In the meantime, I'm trying to find another job, but having these issues, it's highly unlikely I could handle most jobs out there.  I just want a quiet, behind the scenes type of job, where I don't have to deal with customers in person or do 50 million things at once.  I would love to work from home!  Any ideas? 

FlutterbyMuse FlutterbyMuse
31-35, F
2 Responses Mar 7, 2010

I know exactly how you feel with the whole not being able to multitask! I'm so tempted to quit my job of 6 months at fast food.

To date, I've lost 21 jobs because of anxiety (and I'm not even 40 yet). So I think it's safe to say that I might understand how you feel. (That OP was long ago, but by "you" I mean whoever stumbles upon this thread down the road and struggles with this same issue).

I had a photography business for a while. That took a lot of the anxiety stress off of me (not having to clock in or worry about accepting a personal call from my wife while I'm working), but I just wasn't making money fast enough. If I had a full-time job and photography was only on the side, then my business would have been considered a great success, but as a full-time business with no other income, it just wasn't growing fast enough to keep up with my bills and support my family. And then the anxiety kicked in and killed it completely.

Currently I'm working on blogging and Internet marketing and building up passive income. It's taking even longer to get a decent passive income rolling in (compared to doing photography), so if you have bills to pay right now, then you will need some other income source to keep you afloat while you build your websites up on the side.

But I know people who are making $2,000 per month or more working from home, and all of it is done online. You can try freelance writing with websites like Textbroker and eLance too, just to get some cash coming in right now. Those sites seem don't pay a whole lot when you're first starting out, but if you're not making anything right now, then it's better than nothing. And the good thing is that the more you do it, the faster you get and the more money you can make in the same amount of time. Just gotta be patient and keep working at it.

Good luck, guys. Anxiety sucks, but it's manageable. Just need to be flexible and keep trying.

Aloha, Chris

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your advice. I never even though about trucking-that's an interesting idea. I recently started selling Avon products, so we'll see how that goes. Thanks again.