I just wanted to address the issue of Beta Blockers:
Anxiety and Performance Enhancement
Some people, particularly musicians, use beta blockers to avoid stage fright and tremor during public performance and auditions.
The physiological symptoms of the fight/flight response associated with performance anxiety and panic (pounding heart, cold/clammy hands, increased respiration, sweating, etc.) are significantly reduced, thus enabling anxious individuals to concentrate on the task at hand.
Currently, no beta blocker is approved for anxiolytic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Still, use of beta blockers to combat the physical symptoms of anxiety is not uncommon, particularly among performers, and there are studies which confirm their efficacy as anxiolytics. (Schneier 2006)
Since they lower heart rate and reduce tremor, beta blockers have been used by some Olympic marksmen to enhance performance, though beta blockers are banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
This is a drug that should only be taken under the supervision of a Physician. That is my opinion so please talk with your physician for further information.
Any members opinions on medication should be used as an informative source of information.
Thank you ~ as she steps down from her soap box.
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”