“I woke with dread in my stomach at 6:30 a.m. I knew I had to start my meeting at 9:00 a.m. My notes, where did I put my notes? Oh, God, I can’t find my notes. Without my notes, I’ll never be able to do it. The last thing I did with my notes was downstairs and they must still be down there. I’m sure I can’t eat breakfast this morning, because I’ll probably throw up on the front row of my audience. Wow, would that ever be embarrassing. Then they’ll really think that I’ve lost it. How can I get them to listen to me after they have seen that I’m so weak and nervous? I won’t be able to do my job. I can’t take the risk of seeming so foolish in front of them. How can I face them the next day, the next week? I’m not ready to handle this, I don’t think I can do it. So I call my colleague to ask him to do this morning’s talk without me. While I’m dialing the phone this funny feeling comes over me. My vision seems to be leaving me. I can’t see! How could I ever read my notes if this happened during my talk? Frank just has to do this talk for me. I’ll be better for the next one.


Anxiety Disorder Social Phobia Anticipatory Anxiety Heart Rate Acceleration Work Meeting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Becker
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  1. 1.Fort WashingtonUSA

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