Studying Journalism With an Anxiety Disorder

This past school year I’ve been really struggling about whether or not I had made the right choice. I really loved my first year, and I had good grades. For the most part I continued to get good grades, and I had gotten positive feedback on my writing, but I still really, really worried if journalism was for me after all.

Studying itself gives me a lot of stress and anxiety, but on top of that having to call people, arrange interviews, doing the interviews themselves etc. I’ve gotten used to it, sort of, but the anxiety I feel before calling people and before the interviews themselves, has never gone away. And I feared that it never will.

My main character from my current WIPΒ also has anxiety and is considering studying journalism, but is afraid his anxiety will get in the way. While I wondered this as well before making my decision, I wasn’t struggling with it as much as Yong-sun is in his senior year. I’m struggling with it now, at the brink of my third year. While this also gave me anxiety, it also really, really helped me. Because I decided to google ‘anxiety and journalism’. Which I could’ve done without writing about Yong-sun, but I didn’t think of it. I didn’t think of looking up journalists who also have an anxiety-disorder. Reading articles from journalists who face the same problems I do, really, really helped me. Am I still scared? You bet ya

But if other journalists can do it, then maybe I can do it too

Are you worried that your anxiety will get in the way of your goals? Has your writing/characters ever helped you in a moment like this? Let me know in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Studying Journalism With an Anxiety Disorder

  1. Aaa this post is so very very #relatable!

    I definitely get anxious about interviewing people (and using tech that I’m not familiar with bc I’m always worried about breaking or losing it and embarrassing myself in front of my interview subject!), but more than anything I get anxious when I look at the news. I get so anxious and depressed about what’s going on in the world and when people suggest that I just stop looking at the news I have to explain that it’s not that simple, that I have to read newspapers and magazines and shit to stay up to date so I can do well in my classes. It’s tough sometimes, but I keep trying.

    • Ooh yeah I get you! I really want to take a break sometimes, but I feel like a bad journalist if I don’t and definitely during the school year I can’t. It’s a real struggle :/ Honestly every journalist should be permitted a break from the news at least once a year, even those without anxiety must find all the horrible things that are happening nerve-racking right πŸ˜…

  2. YES. Very very much. I’m a writer who hopes to be a published author one day. I struggle with both anxiety and depression (and probably more). I’ve deslt with the effects of rejection already. It…wasn’t good, so I’ve put original fiction aside to focus on fanfiction and blogging, but that the story I shelved is still calling me, and I’m planning to write another for NaNoWriMo this November. I try to stymie my issues by lots of planning, but there’s no real attack an for that kind of heartache.

  3. I constantly worry that my anxiety and depression is going to get in the way of my goals. Just like everyone, I have good days and bad days but the bad days are really, really bad. But, with a lot of help, I fight through it to the next good day.

    Keep chasing your goals and don’t give up on them.

  4. πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› All my love for you, Michelle. I know it can be hard sometimes, but I think it’s so awesome that you’re doing your best. And our best is all we can do, right? But you’re doing great, and, as your friend, I am proud of you.

  5. I’m sure you’ll be fine! Anxiety is definitely hard to deal with, but when you do and succeed it’s one of the best feelings in the world :) Keep going! You’re almost there ^_^

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  7. My anxiety is one of the most annoying things. Having to pick up a phone and call someone makes my heart race. Speaking in front of people takes a lot of preparation and even then there is a slight chance that I might just forgot everything once I am in front of them. It’s strange to me, because there are days where I can be super extroverted but they always follow with my body crashing. Social interaction and especially group pressure of any kind take so much energy from me, I get home, get a mild headache and fall asleep. I, too, got used to some of the nerve-racking stuff but the anxiety before it never really goes away. With wanting to work in the film industry, I am sometimes really worried that my anxiety will be my downfall. Sometimes I just can’t bring myself to socialise and network. There are situations where I just need to go up to strangers and try to become friends with them, but it takes so much to make that step and even try to do that.
    So far I haven’t really explored that in depth in my writing. I am glad that your writing led you to explore the topic and find people you could relate to. That’s so awesome! I know that quite a lot of actors and actresses have anxiety. Some won’t come out to meet fans, not because they are stuck up, but rather because crowds make them nervous and having to interact with fans takes energy that they need to do their job. Knowing that kind of helped me too.

  8. You can do this! Anxiety is tough to deal with, and there is no right or wrong answer anyone can give you. We can only give you support! But I have seen some amazing blog posts from you, and I think you are capable of great things! I think going for what you want to do and taking your anxiety a day at a time will be helpful! <3

  9. Ahhh can I just send you ALL THE HUGS AND LOVE AND EVERYTHING??! <3 <3 YOU GOT THIS, GIRL. I am so proud of you for sticking with journalism and doing your best despite your anxiety and any obstacles that get in your way. <3 <3

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