Hello, I'm a 43 year old guy who has been cursed with this horrible disorder. I am not really a shy or timid guy, I enjoy meeting new people and social activities. My problem is the severe physical symptoms that I experience in certain stressful situations. For me...public speaking is completely out of the question. I can barely introduce myself in a group setting without severe anxiety and any type of confrontation, even minor stuff, (collecting past due rent, confronting a neighbor about a problem) causes me allot of anxiety and noticeable physical symptoms. I have avoided taking continuing education classes that could advance my career simply because of the fear I have of standing in front of a group and introducing myself. As I said earlier...I am not a timid person, and would not be afraid of these things if I could control my physical symptoms of anxiety (shaking, dry mouth, heart racing, words won't come out, etc.). I have tried antidepressants, xanax without much success. So...here I am hoping for some HELP.