I didn’t wanna say it because I’m little. Nutting up and confronting shit is pretty individual as far as experience goes, but just remember that it can’t hurt you. Its even easier when your size and strength intimidates people.[/quote]
I apreciate your intention here, but if that worked for anybody, it wouldn’t be the #1 fear in America today. If you believe that anxiety, depression or any other psychological stress induced issue can simply just be “confronted”, you obviously havn’t reached the point in your life where you truly realize you’re not invincible. For me it was in college when I had some panic attacks for the first time. Tell someone who’s had panic attacks to “nut up”. [/quote]
Not to rail on you here, dude, but a necessary part of any diagnosis for a phobia is avoidance. I guarantee that you are avoiding public speaking in one way or another. You’re either avoiding opportunities to speak in front of others or you’re doing subtle things in the moment to reduce your anxiety. This WILL fuel the fire, and while it’s a perfectly natural and reasonable thing to do in the moment, it will only serve to maintain your anxiety.
If you commit yourself to facing head-on whatever makes you anxious every single moment from here on out, you’ll overcome this. Some people can do that by themselves, and some can’t. See a behavior therapist if this is something that’s causing substantial impairment in your life.
I know you mean well here, but I’m not looking for a diagnosis. Anyone who has read my entire first post and has a mature mind would realize that. If I was looking for a diagnosis, I would go to a therapist like you mentioned. Apparently you’re oblivious to the fact that not everyone can afford such things, especially in this economy. I wouldn’t quite use the word ‘idealistic’, since you have at least some more basic sense than the first couple of kids that posted.[/quote]
I wasn’t assuming that you were looking for a diagnosis. I’m sorry if I came across that way. From what you posted, you clearly have a phobia. My point was that your fear is maintained by avoidance, plain and simple. I’m not faulting you there. It’s human nature to avoid uncomfortable things. You need to retrain your brain.
Therapy isn’t necessarily expensive. For example, if you live close to a University, they might have a clinic that charges based on a sliding scale. Fees are usually determined based on annual income. I work at a University clinic and some clients we see pay as little as a dollar per session. Also, it’s a long shot, but research studies may be available in your area in which free treatment is provided. Check clinicaltrials.gov if interested.