Hi there, This is a rather new problem for me and I was wondering if any of the good people here at RR could help me out. I have recently developed a very severe form of "stage fright" whenever I speak in front of a group of people. Basically, my body has some sort of panic attack when I speak (my heart thumps so hard I can hear it in my voice, I can't control my breathing and my airway closes up giving my voice a weird tone). This only seems to happen when I'm told to speak in front of people, for instance when I'm at college I can answer questions in class fine, but if I am told to read a passage from a book out to the class I get these panic attack symptoms. I obviously need to do something about this in the very near future as I want to become an officer in the royal navy and I don't think they are going to want a person who freezes while public speaking. *For those of you that are thinking that I am just not cut out for officer if I can't speak in public, please note that it is a new thing for me that has just started in the last few months and that before this I had no problem speaking in front of groups numerous times in my life before now. Any help/advice you could give will be gratefully appreciated.