High school athlete with promising college career continuing to struggle with anxiety on and off field, particularly bad performance anxiety. Social anxiety is also a problem that keeps him from really enjoying life. Have tried cognitive therapy but wondering if a combination of therapy and medication such as klonopin would be more useful. Don't really want to go down the medication road but it has been heartbreaking watching my son struggle with the anxiety for several years. Any helpful comments would be appreciated.
I take Klonopin daily, as well as other medications for depression and anxiety. While I wish someone would have noticed my problem when I was a teenager, be careful. Different medications have addictive qualities and side effects which you both need to be aware of. Talking to his doctor would help look at the options.
Check with your doctor about trying beta blockers. Beta blockers can be very effective for performance anxiety. If you are or if you become a sanctioned athlete, keep in mind that both beta blockers as well as klonopin type of drugs (benzodiazepines) are on the banned substance list.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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