College Panic Attacks

16 Nov

Despite the fact public speaking anxiety is such a huge and widespread problem, it is given surprisingly little attention, especially on college campuses, where many students may be dealing with regular public speaking for the first time. The fear of speaking in front of others can be completely disabling, causing students severe distress. It is one of the most common causes of panic attacks, and can exacerbate other serious conditions such as depression and substance abuse. Even for those who avoid its worst effects, it can cause their entire college experience to be blighted by a shadow of constant anxiety, always dreading being called upon, as well as drastically undermining their performance when they do speak – many who dread public speaking develop “get-to-the-end-itis”, meaning their sole focus when speaking in class is to finish as quickly as possible, rather than saying what they really wanted to.

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