Ever since 8th grade, if any major attention was brought to me, I would blush for unknown reasons. To this day, I have the same problem. If i'm confronted by an attractive girl, or if 2 or more people just give me attention, I suddenly feel overwhelmed and embarrased and severly blush. The blushing can last up to 2 minutes and it makes me stick out like a sore thumb. I've kept this condition to myself for that past 5 years, but it's really starting to fuck up my life. I can't get promoted at work, because the promotion would require speaking in front of groups. I can't date, because i'm way too paranoid to approach a girl because I know i'll suddenly blush. The problem with the blushing is that when I do blush, or when I feel blushing coming on, my mind seems to disappear and I can't even make a simple sentence. I guess you could call it panic attacks. Another problem is the whole insecurity issue. When people see this, they can conclude that I must have no confidence or that I'm insecure. This conclusion probably makes them lose respect for me. Now, I'm no rugmat. I do stand up for myself when I have to. I've got an athletic body and i'm good looking (what girls tell me). I'm just deathly afraid of public speaking. I don't get it. If I have confidence, why the hell can't I do that sort of thing. This condition has killed my dating life. Sometimes, I love being the center of attention when I'm in my comfort zone, but when I'm not, I absolutely dread it. Does anyone know what I can do to stop myself from blushing? Are there any drugs I can take to calm my veins so they don't fill with blood? Are there any sort of meditation things I can do to learn to control it? I post in the asylum frequently, and I believe that this condition is the root of all my problems.