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   Posted 11/30/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, everyone. I have a presentation tomorrow that I have not prepared for. My anxiety in contemplating said presentation has made it impossible to focus on the preparation. The course is extremely boring and I have had trouble accessing the motivation to do well in it. I sent my psychologist an email regarding this issue.

Do you all think I should drop the class, via a request she could send to my professor? If I don't drop the class, I might have a nervous breakdown. If she doesn't respond in time, should I skip the class with my presentation tomorrow? I'm afraid that if I give it I will faint from the anxiety.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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   Posted 12/1/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   

You will not have a nervous breakdown..........and the decision to drop the class does not feel like the right way to handle your problem.

What else might you do to solve this problem? If your anxiety is getting in the way look for how you can overcome it but try not to just quit on things.

I am sure the members will have wonderful words of wisdom for you but for myself I find if I push through the anxiety in a case like yours I feel better then if I just quit and give in to the anxiety.

I hope you will make it through the anxiety and solve this issue.



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   Posted 12/1/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably too late for this but...
For 15 years I avoided presentations at work. I would even let others take credit for my work because I was afraid to speak in public. I would be shakey speaking in front of just a handful of people sitting around a room. There then came a time that I had no way out. I was forced into giving one and I was nervous for 3 months prior. I did well and it gave me confidence for others. I gave more and more and each time I got a little less nervous before and during. I now sort of enjoy the time I'm speaking in front of eveyone (I would never have predicted that in a million years). I still don't volunteer to give them and I get nervous and overprepare before them, but I am able to do what I never thought I could.
Do the presentation and realize that you're not prepared but understand that public speaking is a common fear and you're not wrong to not want to do it. Be brave and know that you don't ever look as nervous to others as you think you do. Speak up, look around the room, take deep breaths, take your time, engage the audience and you'll be better next time. Good luck!
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   Posted 12/1/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My advice would be try your best to stick it out and do the presentation.  I was the same way and actually that was a big part of my current situation.  I just re-enrolled back into college recently and began getting so nervous of upcoming presentations that I dropped out of college and gave myself a severe anxiety attack that I'm still battling with now.  It's pretty terrible what I'm currently going through, I would recommend you just face the anxiety and fear as hard as it is to do and try and realize that you can overcome it and it's just something in your mind, nobody in the class is thinking how stupid you are because they all know they get the same exact feelings when they're in your situation.  Unfortunately the only way to beat the anxiety is to meet it head on, this is what I'm also having trouble learning right now but it's something you have to realize and conquer if you want to succeed, AND YOU CAN.

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   Posted 12/1/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
When I started college I was so terrified of speaking in front of a class that I would lose the ability to focus my eyes. My breathing and heartrate would become rapid and my voice would shake. Actually, my whole body shook. Because I couldn't see my notes, I had to memorize everything. But when I got in front of the class, I would forget what I had memorized. The way I dealt with it was to make myself do it no matter how bad a job I did. I enrolled in a beginning public speaking class (which I dropped twice before finally finishing). After that, unbelievably, I changed my major to speech communication. Every class I took required a lot of public speaking, and with every challenge I became a little more relaxed and confident, and I got better at it. After I got my BA and was in the grad program, I actually taught the beginning public speaking class. I later went on to get two teaching credentials (a lot of public speaking situations involved there) and taught in the public school system for seven years. I can now say I no longer have anxiety around speaking in public, at least to groups as big as a class. I even had to represent myself in a divorce case in court against an experienced, cutthroat attorney - and I did it! By now you have made a decision about your presentation, but others will come up in the future. I hope you will find a way to push your way through so that this does not keep getting in your way.

One other thing that helped me - I decided there was no one in the audience so important that their opinion of what I said mattered enough to me to terrify me. I did what I could to prepare, said what I thought was important or interesting, and clung to the conviction that if anyone didn't like it, that was their problem. Having that attitude let me focus enough to prepare my presentation because I was then doing what I thought was relevant (following the class requirements) instead of trying to prepare a presentation that would somehow appeal to everyone. Making it about me instead of about what others would think made me a lot more comfortable. Good luck!

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