Work Anxiety: Signs, Causes, & 13 Ways to Cope
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “What Is Work Anxiety?”, “How to Get Time Off Work for Stress and Anxiety”, and “When to Quit Your Job”. Revised “How to Deal With Work Anxiety: 13 Tips”. New material written by Eric Patterson, LPC, and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS
Reviewer: Trishanna Sookdeo, MD, MPH, FAAFP