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Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

Post: #1
03-08-2014, 06:03 PM
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Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I've always had extreme anxiety when having to make or take phone calls. I have no idea why or what caused it but it's definitely affecting my life negatively. It's not as bad as it used to be but I still find myself feeling sick and having trouble breathing if I know I have to make a phone call. It's fine with people I know but things like making doctor's appointments is out of the question.

Does this happen to anyone else? And how have you dealt with it?



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Post: #2
03-11-2014, 07:13 PM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I have phone related anxiety as well. I will admit I have deliberately called my dentist office after hours so I could leave a message instead of speaking to the receptionist. If I have to make a phone call I usually write down exactly what I need to say. Some people interpret that as a safety behavior. However, I still consider it a step in the right direction. Furthermore, it helps me accomplish whatever reason I have for making the call.

I try to make a conscious effort to answer the phone when it feels manageable. My anxiety group encouraged all of us to "expose" ourselves to the task that makes as anxious. But you have to start with small and reasonable steps. For example, instigate a phone conversation with one of the people you feel comfortable with. Moreover, you could make it a goal to phone at least one person each week. I can speak to certain people on the phone as well, but I never call them.




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Post: #3
12-05-2014, 12:21 AM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I'm glad I'm not the only person in the world like this. I will often let calls go to voicemail and won't answer them or if I have to call someone, i have to write everything down and prepare myself mentally and have no distractions.

I now switch off my phone, but even when I was younger, I wouldn't answer the phone and hated making calls. In my job I had to do it, but I put on a persona and again wrote it all down. There are so many times I have hung up when I couldn't speak too.



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Post: #4
01-13-2015, 10:52 PM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I used to absolutely hate making phone calls. I would get so nervous that my voice would get shaky and I would forget what I was supposed to say. Fortunately I seem to be getting better at it, although I never quite know how to end a conversation.

I also want to recommend something for people who get anxious about calling up stores, restaurants or other businesses to ask them questions regarding inventory, operating hours and other things: There's a smartphone app called Path Talk (previously TalkTo) that basically lets you text a business instead of calling them! How it works is that you're actually texting the Path Talk people, who then call the business FOR you and get your question answered. I don't need it now, but about a year or two ago I would have loved to have it. I don't think you can use it to make a doctor's appointment, though, but maybe some day...



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Post: #5
10-12-2015, 03:21 PM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I have the same problem and I feel that nobody understands it. My partner is always arguing with me over this so it just adds to the stress level. He constantly wants me to call people. Sometimes I think he purposely does it just because he knows it gets to me. It is an awful feeling to no be able to make a phone call without stressing. Nice to know that I am not alone with this.



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Post: #6
04-14-2016, 07:42 AM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I've had a related anxiety with phone calls, but it only comes with initial interactions. On occasion I feel anxiety when I'm talking to someone that I haven't spoken to for a while.



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Post: #7
05-09-2016, 05:12 PM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I used to have the same thing back in the day. However, my main fear was talking to the relatives of my friends who I didn't want to know whatsoever. It was like 10 or, maybe, even 15 years ago. Nobody had their own personal phones at that time.

However, nowadays it's so different. That was a cure to my fear. I hope you will see things differently soon.

Btw, what exactly are people you're anxious to talk to over the phone? Tell me, please.



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Post: #8
06-03-2016, 10:01 AM
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I don't have any anxiety problem to deal with phone. Never heard of this type of problem so far, this is an interesting and looking forward to research and get depth information of this topic.



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Post: #9
06-13-2016, 01:26 AM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

This is the same with me. I used to not be able to place orders for food or ask about hotel accommodations because of this type of anxiety. My mother had to take these calls and place these orders just because I wasn't able to do so. But we cannot deny that this is an important aspect of any person's life. More than once in our lives, we'd have to talk to people on the phone, to confirm something or maybe buy something. And it has affected my life as well, not being able to place these calls.

But as time passed by, I became more comfortable talking to people in the phone. My husband is the one who exposed me to it. He'd make me talk to people which I don't usually do. But I realised that it is important for me to do this. I mustered enough courage as time passed by. And you will as well... Don't rush it because it will happen naturally for you as well when you're ready.

Good luck and take care!



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Post: #10
07-15-2016, 06:45 PM
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RE: Ways to deal with phone related anxiety?

I used to have that as a child. We didn't have any personal cell phones, so I didn't know exactly who would pick up the phone when making a call to a friend of mine. I was scared of this awkwardness and I totally hated that moment. So, I can understand you.

However, the tech progress has made it way easier. Now I don't have to worry about that whatsoever.



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