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Anxiety In High Places

[In honor of mental health month, I share this old post. Anxiety can affect anyone, even those who are in public. In fact, high achievers may be more prone to it because of the pressure to keep up that high level of achievement. Remember, Generalized anxiety is anxiety about everything, while social anxiety is just in social situations alone. Both are similar and can lead to isolation. Luckily the person's performance anxiety can coincide with social anxiety because it fears what people will think if you do something wrong. Looking back, mine was a combination of social and performance anxiety. The story I linked to took action. ]In honor of mental health month, I share this old post.  Anxiety can affect anyone, even those who are in public. In fact, high achievers may be more prone to it because of the pressure to keep up that high level of achievement.  Remember, Generalized anxiety is anxiety about everything, while social anxiety is just in social situations alone.  Both are similar and can lead to isolation. Luckily the person's performance anxiety can coincide with social anxiety because it fears what people will think if you do something wrong. Looking back, mine was a combination of social and performance anxiety. The story I linked to took action. 

Even people in high positions can suffer from anxiety.  Don't believe me? Meet Tom, a senior executive who realized that his public speaking fear was holding him back. I was surprised that he could get that far while being unable to speak in public could relate a lot to what he felt: his but physical symptoms, the intense fear of failure and having attention directed solely on me, and the inability to speak once the anxiety becomes extreme Like him, I realize that it was holding me back. I also shared the same goal of controlling and redirecting the anxiety because I know that I will be hypersensitive to certain situations.  His story also shows that stress can be very situational. He also relates it to past trauma, which is what happened to me. I think mine started after I was teased.  The anxious are rarely anxious all the time.  I depend on the level of control the person feels about the situation at hand. Therefore, as Tom concludes, fear of public speaking has little to do with speaking ability. . Identifying those situations in which you feel out of control is the first step to learning how to control it.   I also agree. I wish I had dealt with it sooner, but at times I thought willpower was enough, and of course, I did not know it was anxiety at the time.   I also agree with Tom's second conclusion. You need to get with someone who understands.  Trying to sort anxiety out can be overwhelming, especially when it's erratic.

Apr 25, 2008, 11:54 AM

Updated  May 8, 2021.

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