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.
Several weeks ago I found myself in a situation I had never experienced before. Paramedics had to come to our home because our youngest son Max, who has autism, appeared to be unconscious and not breathing. My husband was helping my eldest son with his algebra. I was upstairs putting away laundry. Then I hear my husband yell to my older son to…