A PR executive from London, who left a job that she loved rather than being honest about her condition, says:
‘Every time my manager asked me to take the lead on a client presentation, I would freak out. He didn’t know that I had anxiety and I was terrified that I would lose my job if he did. I wouldn’t sleep or eat for days beforehand and after the presentation was over, I’d cry in the toilets. I left the company before I was caught out.’
I asked whether she considered talking to her manager before resigning.
‘No. What if he told competitors, or other contacts that I was a nutter? I couldn’t risk it. Better to leave.’