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I just started a new job, and my old anxiety problems are here again. My heart races and I get dizzy every time my phone rings or whenever I have to call someone, which is often. I also have to do a lot of talking, and with important professional people, which is not my typical scene.

The job is not really what I expected it to be, but I have contracts in place that would make it pretty expensive for me to quit. I am not getting much sleep, not eating, and I hear my heart pounding in my ears all day long. I'm afraid this job is going to make me physically ill.

But I don't know if I should try to power through the anxiety and see if it ever gets better. If I quit and look for something else, I run the risk of the same anxiety coming up in any job I ever get.

Do you think anxiety is something I should try to face head on and hope that one day it will get better (even if it makes me miserable and sick for awhile)? Or should I accept the fact that I am uncomfortable in these situations and look for a job where I can just avoid the situations that cause my anxiety? I don't want to be a failure forever, but if this is not going to get better soon, I'm afraid it will really have an impact on my physical health as well as my mental state, and I don't think it's worth that.
Thanks for your reply. I know running away from the things that make me anxious is no good. I think I'm just looking for someone to say it's okay so I don't feel guilty when I run away. I'm just having a really hard time pushing myself to stick with it, and in the back of my mind I'm very scared that I'm going to do something stupid. Whether it be blatantly refusing to do my job and then getting in big trouble for lying about it or not doing things right, or hurting myself to create a "legitimate" reason for not sticking with it. I've done it before and even though I promised myself I won't even think about that kind of stuff this time around, here I am.





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