Anyone else have a crippling fear of making phone calls or listening to their voicemail? I am okay with calling close friends or family and listening to their voicemails, but every other call is AGONIZING for me. Even simple calls like asking how long a store is open or ordering food make my hands sweat and my heart beat like it's going to pop out of my chest. It takes me hours sometimes to make a simple call. Sometimes I don't make the call at all...especially if it's something that is going to require asking questions or talking a lot on my part. If I have to call in sick to work, it takes me so long that I have gotten in trouble for it. I have also not called at all and it has caused me to lose a job.
Voicemails are also hard for me. If I think the voicemail is something negative, I don't even listen to it at all. If it's from someone I don't know, I have to force myself to listen to it. Just today I got a call about an interview for a job, so that included both evils: listening to a voicemail AND making a return phone call. I swear I think my heart is going to burst one of these days.