How I overcame agoraphobic anxiety

Since childhood, I have always been the kid who sat quietly in a corner, avoiding crowds and large gatherings as my sense of anxiety cemented itself into my sense of identity. Reading out loud in class, answering questions, saying ‘here’ when the class register was ticked, all these instances that happened on a brutally frequent basis filled me with fear, as my heart pounded and a mind-numbing headache rendered me a crumbling mess. God forbid audience participation during pantomimes and other such events.