I once knew a high school football player( Ill call him Jay) who was destined to go places. Hed played football since he was in elementary school, and by the time he reached his freshman year of high school he was already being watched closely. Jay had always dealt with nervousnes but where reference is reached high school the nervousnes increased exponentially. It wasnt uncommon for Jay to have panic attack that no one but family and his guidance counselors knew about. While he ceases most social activities, he stuck with football and by his junior year of high school he was being recruited by some notable college football programs.
Jays anxiety had increased however with each passing year, and had begun effecting his first love, football. At hours his anxiety was so bad, he struggled to run out onto the field at game period. When his senior year ended, Jay turned away every offer for athletic scholarships opting to attend a community college close to home. His household dismayed at the ever increasing level of nervousnes didnt understand and tried to force him into a variety of unwanted situations that typically ended in tragedy or debates.
In an effort to escape what he viewed as his familys disapproval and the disgrace that accompanied that, he moved in with his grandmother who assisted him in taking care of his college related activities until his anxiety became so debilitating that he opted for online classes. His hopes of avoiding situations that caused him to panic were dashed once he realized many online courses involved some level of personal interaction as did customary visits to financial aid and other college student resources. Jay, a former high school football standout who had earned a GPA also worthy of scholarships, eventually dropped out of community college. The last straw for Jay had been collapsing as he arrived on campus the working day, literally crawling on the colleges tile floor in a panic. The last period I checked on Jay, he rarely ventured into social situations. Occasionally he grocery stores for his grandmother and in his spare time he tends to her vegetable garden which he sees peaceful.