Our expert says:
I suspect that sometimes an early awful experience ( like yours in prinary school ) if badly handled by teachers etc. ( and they should never have required kids to speak from a stage without recognizing this possibility ) can help to create a much longer-lasting degree of social anxiety.
And what you're describing is a rather typical Social Anxiety Disorder. The good news is that it responds very well to treatment. Ideally, this should include CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) and perhaps also the use of some medications also used to treat depression.
It really could be cleared up. And a problem with these phobic-type troubls, is that the more you avoid such situations, the more fearful they become.
You will find that a shrink should be good at helping you to relax and enjoy talking to them. And an early focus could be to help you rapidly become comfortable enough to see a gynae to check out these other physical problems that are troubling you. It shouldn't take too long to help you feel comfortable and confident enough to see a gynae and have your worst worries set at rest ( you need to know exactly what is and is not going on, and how to deal with it physically and mentally ).
I think starting with a shtink, perhaps a psychologist, should help. And then you would have the freedom both to see a gynae if and when needed ( as well as any other doc ) and to feel free to get into other social and work situations you may have been avoiding, and enjoy then and excel in them
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