Okay, so I am really embarrassed to even ask about this...hence why I am asking on the web! :-) But does anyone know if panic attacks and or fear of speaking in public (like formal speeches) are considered disabilities? I just got into a really good nursing program and I am so afraid I am going to have to do presentations/speeches, etc. This is not just a small fear for me as I know many have this same phobia. It is so bad, I can hardly stand to breathe. I don't have a problem speaking in small groups and am not really a shy person. This has just been a life long fear of mine that I have never grown out of. My school has a disibility office and it just seems like if they help ADD and ADHD and all that this should defintely fall into a disibility. I am not trying to take an easy rode out either. If this were not so bad I would just try to overcome it.