Performance anxiety is a fear of speaking or performing in public. People exhibit symptoms of a panic disorder like fast breathing, anxiety, and sweating when faced with an audience. Diagnosis can occur after one panic attack. A psychiatrist or psychologist can diagnose performance anxiety and recommend medication or behavioral therapy.
I have to admit, I didn't hear the National Anthem during the opening of the Super Bowl. But I did hear the talk about it on morning news shows and the radio during my drive to work this morning. One article on CBSNews.com suggested she might have suffered from stage fright, or performance anxiety. Although the writer admits he doesn't know what…