In this issue, the executive director of a Fortune 50 corporation discusses her own experience with anxiety and depression.
More than her professional achievements, she is most proud of the fact that despite her difficulties with learning, she has earned two graduate degrees, and despite her social phobia, she has traveled alone to over 50 countries.
It was Pooja’s elocution competition. Her mother had prepared her to speak. Pooja gradually walked up to the stage.
She realized her hands were trembling, her palms were sweating, her body felt shaky, her heart beating so fast that it could come out of the chest, she felt numb and was running out of breath.
Anxiety, when it is not caused by a medical condition, is usually an intense fear that something bad is going to happen to us on the outside or the inside: Of losing one’s job or partner, becoming ill, or the emergence of an unacceptable pleasant emotion such as sexuality or an unbearable unpleasant emotion such as sadness.
Pooja had a troubled childhood. She grew up watching her parents quarrel frequently. The topics would range from lack of trust to ego issues. She would often see her mother plot things against her father.