submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Nate (not his real name) was struggling with fear of being in crowds. He was anxious about going anywhere in public. His job involved interacting with people he did not know, which was becoming a serious problem for him. He often had difficulty falling asleep. He was unsure of whether he could keep up with his responsibilities and feared he might lose his job. He was irritable and often argued with his girlfriend, causing a strain on their relationship. On weekends he would drink just to calm himself down, which he thought, at times, could be in excess.