It’s a fact that a sudden stressful situation can signal the start of panic attacks. The groundwork has been laid long before the actual attack though. I had my first panic attack shortly after changing jobs. I wanted the job and was ready to start the job, but I panicked for no apparent reason. The point is that that I was experiencing various levels of anxiety up to that point. I had experienced a lot of nervousness and started worrying about how well I was handling my job and family. I began waking up in the middle of the night. But I never had a panic attack until I had to give that speech.
When you are looking at anxiety in your life, you have to look at the big picture. It wasn’t really the speech that caused my anxiety. It was the fact I was feeling my life was on the verge of collapse, because I was barely balancing my work and personal life.
Changing jobs added to the worry, because it was so important I do well. I recommend you don’t do what I did – ignore the warning signs. A panic attack is just one event away.