even to a small group I would worry for months beforehand. I would try to think of ways of avoiding doing presentations altogether. I suffer from anxiety, sleepless nights, worry leading up to the dreaded day. Before I am due to speak, my heart beats like it's going to jump out of my chest, shaky voice, I start sweating and think about running away. I have done presentations in this condition and it's embarrassing, afterwards I feel very dejected and a failure and feel everybody laughing at me. On several occasions I have not gone for promotion because of the fear of speaking in groups. I have to do a short presentation next week and am in bits. So I went to the doctor and was prescribed propranolol which I haven't taken before. I now worry that it will not work on the day. Who else has experienced this and does this drug work. How long before I speak should I take it. I feel foolish and childish because I have been in fear of speaking in front of people all my life.
Hi FutureDays: Please don't be so hard on yourself. I know of many musicians and speakers who take propranolol before a gig or a speaking engagement. Did you know that Carly Simon, and Barbra Streisand, and many other celebrities suffer from the same symptoms as you do? It is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The beauty of it all is that propranolol only has to be taken before a presentation, and it alleviates any anxiety or panic that you might have to contend with. It is a short term medication which works as needed, and does not have to build up in your system ahead of time to be successful.
Do not feel foolish or childish. You are in the majority with this problem. I would suggest that you take it a time or two before your next public appearance so that you can see how effective it will be for you, thus alleviating much of your anticipatory worry. I think I remember that it is effective if you take it one hour before you have to make your presentation. Just be glad the doctor gave you a good med to treat this! Good Luck!!! Please keep posting and let us know how it went.
FutureDays; Yes can't agree more with my friend G mc, And just be aware other than some relief during the trial from the dwelling on it well help some but it really works great when you're in any crowd and you take it 1/2 to 1 hour prior to the meeting. And try not to focus on it. There are so many people with this condition you would not believe. And this is the drug of choice to help them through
good luck you well do just fine.
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