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Hi Andrew - thanks for your response. I realised after I had posted that I had put you on the spot a bit, so apologies for that, but I do think this is an issue which is clearly of interest. It is good to hear your views and how it fits with the UKPT weekend workshops although I do appreciate that you are not a mental health professional.
My own experience is very much in line with what you said. Your last example particularly rang bells for me. At one time I was very conscious of sweating when I became anxious in social situations, most specifically because it caused my specs to steam up and slip down my nose, which I felt made it apparent to everyone. My solution was simple - I started wearing contact lenses! It didn't reduce my original social anxiety but reduced the additional anxiety and eventually it all became much more manageable.