I have crippling anxiety around "authority figures", and I'm irrationally deathly afraid to the point where I will cry in a room when alone with them, likely due to my upbringing, namely, always being afraid of my verbally abusive, but very loving and well-intentioned, father. And so I tend to leave very important and very kind emails from professors unanswered. This is unprofessional of me, and so I was wondering what some of you here have successfully tried doing to counter this level of anxiety.
The authority figure can be a professor, a fireman / police officer looking to help me, my basketball coach. I've experienced similar with all of these people. I am sometimes just mute.
I see a doctor and take meds already, but I am looking for other ways to cope.
Is there a cool, fun strategy to try to implement, say, respond to emails within 5 minutes of reading them, even if my response is incomplete? Aim for a one-sentence reply?
I don't know, I'm just thinking, but I know I need a lot of help.