Nimeet Shah panicked whenever he had to speak before a group at work.
"It was pretty severe," the Chicago IT professional said. "Making eye contact was even so difficult for me." Anxiety limited the 34-year-old's social life. "I would avoid big crowds. I would avoid even going to parties and things."
Shah says he saw a mental health therapist for six months and got good advice. But he wanted real experience to face his fears.
Then, he learned about an improv class at Chicago's famous comedy club The Second City. Improv for Anxiety is an eight-week course.