The worst effect my anxiety has on me is this. In certain situations I can shut down intellectually and functionally. To an observer I can seem like a moron, like one who is too stupid to do what ordinarily seems like something very simple to understand. It has caused me great humiliation and embarrassment.
Sure has. In the past, when I would become anxious (usually preforming or speaking) I would totally freeze (couldn't move or talk) Felt soooooooooooooooo stupid, and like I would never be able to do anything ever again.
Wrong!!!!!. After feeeling like this for years, I have done a complete 180 degree turn, and am now am able to handle ANY situation with ease.
I got mad enough one day to say to my self "ENOUGH"! I didn't like feeling like an invisable moronic idiot without a brain that worked in conjunction with my mouth -- and -- body.
The best way to put it is: "I am mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" - from the movie Network. (Only I never ended up killing myself.) Guess what? You can actually do much more than you ever imagined by concentrating on the "prize".
I will NEVER EVER GO BACK TO THE SCARED LITTLE GIRL!, cause she no longer exists.