mental health

Hiring Individuals with an Anxiety Disorder

Last month we took a look at clients looking for a job when they have an anxiety disorder. This month we wanted to touch base on the employer side of things as it is just as important. You’ll learn the benefits of hiring individuals with an anxiety disorder, how to accommodate them, and we provide some links at the end to assist you with getting more information if needed.

As explained in the previous post, an anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. Individuals with anxiety disorders are able to work as effectively as someone without a visual impairment. Please refer to our last post to learn more about anxiety disorders.

Looking for a Job When You Have an Anxiety Disorder

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. It can be treated with medication, various types of therapy, or a combination of these; CBT is the most common form of therapy treatment for someone with an anxiety disorder.

Everyone’s anxiety disorder is different, and each person will experience anxiety in a different way; people can experience very debilitating to very mild anxiety in their daily life. Sometimes, individuals experiencing anxiety may have difficulty finding employment, often because of barriers in the workforce. Having an anxiety disorder does not mean that you are incapable or unable to obtain and retain meaningful employment, and someone with an anxiety disorder is no different than any other employee.