Imagine yourself standing in front of the crowd giving a speech or presentation on a given topic for class. All eyes are on you, the room is silent and ready to hear you speak. You want to hide yourself but there is nowhere to go, instead you are vulnerable and stuck to the spotlight. Thoughts are racing through your head, occupying your mind. You shift uneasily by the unwanted attention, trying to clear your throat and mind. You are unable to ease your entire body as you become rigid; however, your heart is racing and beating loudly, beads of sweat begin to form and you hesitate to go further.
Effects on the body when speaking in public:
Even as time goes by, the idea of public speaking still affects the person's thought patterns and behaviours. It leads them to be, as the information in the text describes: 'dysfunctional' which is an abnormal way of behaving. Their mind is occupied with thoughts about how bad they might have done (thinking worst-case scenario) on the presentation, even after the presentation has been finished with. They will engage in behaviours to avoid public speaking altogether.
Patients can take medication alongside therapy. Doctors would prescribe anti-anxiety drugs (minor tranquilizers or anxiolytics) to help reduce anxiety for public speaking.