Hi Everyone! This is my first post here and I'm looking forward to getting to talk to people who understand what I'm going through.
I was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD when I was 15. Now I'm 21 and the anxiety symptoms haven't gone away. I'm thinking that they are getting worse just because of the stress of college but it's beginning to control my life.
Last year it got so bad that I wasn't even able to leave my apartment which led to me failing some classes. Since then I've been on Zoloft and have gotten better. The only thing is that I get really anxious about going places. It's strange, I know, and it sounds silly when I explain it. I'm always late because the idea of sitting and waiting for something really freaks me out. I'm scared of being in the wrong place, going at the wrong time, forgetting something, and just being around people I don't really know. I show up about 5ish minutes late and it normally isn't an issue because I go to a lot of large classes but some of my professors have noticed. One of my professors has asked me to meet him in his office to chat about my tardiness because it is beginning to lower my grade.
So, I'm just wondering if this is normal. Does anyone else run late because of OCD/Anxiety? I want to explain my situation to my professor but honestly, it sounds completely ridiculous and it might come across as a bad excuse. Also, I'm a little worried that he might judge me. Honestly, there is a stigma with anxiety and I don't want him to think I'm not capable of doing my work.
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to tell him? Also, for those who have this issue, how can you overcome it?