I suffer from terrible anxiety so I know where you are coming from (although fortunately I can leave the house). If I am honest, I would not employ someone who I thought would not be able to do their job properly because of anxiety.
Could you do self-employed hair dressing where you went around to people's houses or they came to you?
Can you get the leaving the house thing under control and then look for a job?
the thought of working is enough to give me a panic attack tbh but
i know if i had someth ing to focus on rather just my knitting and jewellery i thik i would feel alot better about my self at the mo i feel locked into a very self depreciating i want to work but i cant beacuase if i do and i cant do it i have to re start all my benefits again and the stress of it scares the pants off me
and also i think knowing i have to get ready to go work would spur me up and on rather at the mo if i dont feel great i just fester in bed
my depression seems worse than my panic attacks at the mo but saying that i havent been any where on my own not even to the local shop since the end of april i always have to have my lo or my bf with me.
i just feel stuck and i think getting a job would do my self esteem the world of good
Are you receiving help or therapy for your anxiety? If so, that would be something you could demonstrate to an employer, as evidence that you were getting the problem under control.
You also need to establish whether your condition brings you within the scope of the Disability Discrimination Act (if it's a longstanding condition and affects your daily life then I think it does), as employers cannot discriminate against disabled people. Hopefully an employment lawyer will be along soon to advise better ....
Whoops - I like your name too! In real life I'm actually a very meek person - MBDK is my alter ego!
Was thinking about this just now - do you have a benefits adviser? Can they support you through the return to work? Many years ago I was an HR manager and at that time we had some supported placements (although I don't think that was their proper name) for people with disabilities. Can your adviser give you up-to-date information on those?
I know it sounds pedantic, but I think you need to approach this as being about a disability, rather than ^mental health problems^. That isn't about denying your mental health problems - which you're obviously trying to overcome - but about ensuring that employers have focus on the DDA.