tj (3hoursislove) wrote in avoidants,

Presentation I can't avoid causing awful anxiety

Hey all. I'm hoping you can give me some advice/help. I've got a major presentation on Monday, and I'm freaking out. Details under the cut

I'm a senior in high school, and there's this project I have to do to graduate. Part of the project is presenting my research and final product in front of at least one teacher, and five to eight Community Members who will be acting as judges. If I don't pass the presentation, I don't graduate.
Here's my problem: I am absolutely terrified. I've gone so far as to ruin my perfect streak of turning in assignments all year to accept two Zeroes because I was too scared to present more than once, when I was supposed to present three times. I usually have panic attacks in situations where I can't escape (tests, etc.) or when people are looking at me. I'm not comfortable with myself, which I know plays a major role in my anxiety, but I need help. I'm on 2mg Xanax Extended Release daily, but that doesn't do anything. I've tried 4mg and 6mg a day before, and that doesn't stop the anxiety either. I'm afraid I'm going to forget what I have to say (even though I've got note cards) during the presentation, I'm afraid my project won't be as good as anyone else's (because I slapped in together in week), I'm afraid I'll cry or lose control in front of the judges. My doctor is out of town until next week. Can anyone give me any tips on how to deal with all this?

Thanks for any help.


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