Is there anything doctors prescribe for people have performance anxiety?

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richrob10
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Are there good medications you can take in a pinch if you are the type of person who can barely function through a presentation or public speaking? I guess this would be considered severe performance anxiety? Ultimately I would love to find something natural to help calm me and give me confidence suring these situations. I have a big presentation at work in July of this year so I have plenty of time to prepare but am already getting nervous.

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Chamomile tea, maybe a

Chamomile tea, maybe a vitamin called Melatonin... ??

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rich, Experience and

rich,

Experience and repetition. The more you do those type of presentations the easier it gets. If you have problems with public speaking, you might want to join a group such as Toast Masters (there are many other similar groups), which are people in your same situation who want to get better at public speaking and doing presentations in general.

Know your material, practice, go through it with people you feel comfortable with several times, and you'll do fine. It really does get easier with experience.

Good luck.

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Ditto to CGm there

Frankly, this is a good example of how a pill really does not hit the issue and only prolongs getting to the solution noted by CGM.  Sometimes docs will rx clonidine or propranolol to help lower blood pressure for this but these are powerful meds because they impact blood pressure so do not find them from anyone but your doc!

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I know I am a little late to

I know I am a little late to add to this post but it's not July yet so you still have some time. I actually used to be terrified of public speaking. Then I was forced to take it as part of an English requirement for college. If you can maybe take a public speaking class at your local college? I find it that most colleges offer it, even the local community colleges offer it(I took my class at my community college and it's great because it's dirt cheap). If you don't have the means or time to take the class then Ceticgreenman said...repeat repeat repeat. That's how we were taught in class. We were all mortified of public speaking on the first day...our teacher had us get up in front of the whole class EVERY SINGLE DAY and by the end of the semester we were like pros.

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Okay so I'm going to offer a

Okay so I'm going to offer a "quicker" fix.  I have a patient who is very well known in the Pro Golf (PGA) world.  I was a college golfer so I've been around the game and know very well the anxiety of a croud of people watching you, waiting for you to get the yipps.

Lots of people take a Beta Blocker called Propranolol.  (INDERAL)  It's not controlled like a benzo, but it does wonders for lots of people.  I don't have time to include any studies or research but you can find it. 

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Cartier...I have heard that

Cartier...I have heard that propranolol can be very effective against anxiety...especially for those who shake when they get nervous...like me(raises hand)! I don't know why I didn't mention this but to the OP...if it is just a one time thing why not ask your doctor for a script for a low dose benzo? If it's just for the work project I am willing to bet your doctor won't have a problem with prescribing it. Of course if you do go the benzo route and you don't have a lot of experience with benzos just be careful because they can make you drowsy(hence the reason for asking for the lowest, most effective dose possible).In my experience(and this is my experience only) I find that valium is effective and it doesn't make me drowsy like xanax and ativan do.

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yeah

I personally would ask for 1 x .5 mg xanax the night before bed to see how it effects you and to help u sleep,

then 2 more .5mg xanax, take one about 35 min before, if you are still shaking and all sweaty, then the other one might come in handy for me.  I am not really sensitive to meds so this dose wouldnt make me act like Im loaded and be stumbling around falling asleep mid sentence in front of the whole company and all the National bosses.  Its worked great actually, 1mg of xan helped for a press conference, nailed it, not worries. 

I have went the propranol route and while it is supposed to calm shakiness, and jitteryness, it does nothign for the the mental anxiety and voice problems if you really suffer from anxiety like I do.  It x*#&ed!  I still shook and had a dry mouth, spillt my water all over the podium and had a coffing fit for about 3 min, all live on television at a large National Company gathering and me delivering an announcement on wall street.  Fell up the stairs on my way up, voice quivered, to top it off the podium fell into the press row and knocked over a Fox cameraman and a Village voice reporter.  When I bent over to try catch the podium I strained and passed major GAS!  Everybody heard me, and to top it off my pants split and I didnt know it untill a collegue pointed it out after and I had to where my jacket around my waist for the rest of the function.  So without my overcoat my shirt was drenched with pit sweat and back sweat....  Lets just say I felt very cool, and I never was asked to be a PR frontman for my company again.  EVER.

 

Inderal or propanol may help for you :)