When I read through the different threads, it seems like most people with social anxiety suffer from more one on one or small group anxieties. I am basically comfortable with small groups, where I am not the center of attention for too long. My anxiety is more performance based. I won't even consider making a presentation and even panic at the thought of being in a cirlce of people going around the room to speak about something. Just the anticipation of waiting for my turn is too much. I can hardly speak, my voice gets really shaky, my heart pounds, I feel flushed, and usually will get up and leave the room. Which in turn makes me feel like a huge loser and I get really depressed for a few days after. I have dealt with this since about tenth grade, which was long ago, and after much research have found out that I am not alone and there is actually a name that fits my problem. I just haven't met that many people that suffer from performance anxiety. Are there any out there reading this? If so, have you taken any steps as far as therapy or meds? I have learned of a social anxiety institute that is supposed to be amazing with helping people with SA, I just haven't had the guts to commit to going yet, and it happens to be in my local area. If you have performance anxiety will you please let me know how you are dealing with it?