08/28/2014 09:42 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2014

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Anxiety Disorder Keeps Me From Getting 'A Real Job'

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Like many teenagers, I started working when I was 16.

I got a job at a local grocery store as a cashier. The life of a retail worker is rife with the stress of providing the best service despite rude, entitled customers. My co-workers had this amazing ability to let the bad experiences roll off their backs. They'd compose themselves, call a manger if they needed to, and perk right back up for the next customer in line. Later, they would laugh about it, trading stories of the worst customer experiences they'd ever had.

I envied them.

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