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Is anxiety neurodivergent?

Is Anxiety Neurodivergent? What The Science & Research Tells Us

Neurodivergence was first identified by an Australian sociologist called Judy Singer in the late 90s. It refers to the idea that differences in the human brain are natural & normal and, in a lot of cases, can lead to meaningful and positive insights and abilities. The question is commonly asked about anxiety: is anxiety neurodivergent? In this article we look at what Neurodiversity and neurotypical are, what the benefits might be and finally figure out whether anxiety is neurodivergent or not.

OTC Xanax Alternatives for Anxiety

4 OTC Natural Alternatives To Xanax That Actually Work

If anxiety is stopping or getting in the way of your routine activities, you are not alone. As anxiety is such a common problem that affects many different people, anxiety disorders are often treated using prescription anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medications such as Xanax (Alprazolam). While Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the US (48 million prescriptions in one year alone – 2013) the drug can have serious risks and drawbacks. There are alternatives to Xanax for anxiety, however, and in this article we look at how Xanax works & what it does to the brain, discuss the side effects and cover several Xanax alternatives that are available over the counter (OTC) to see if they are as effective as benzodiazepines but without the drawbacks.

Flight Anxiety Medication

Natural & Over-The-Counter Flight Anxiety Medications to Overcome Fear of Flying (Aviophobia)

If you suffer from flying anxiety, then you’ve probably had stats about how safe flying really is (especially compared to other modes of transportation) or about how rare plane accidents are thrown at you. What most of those people don’t understand, is that you can’t quell phobias and lifelong fears with a couple of statistics. If that was possible, one in six people would not suffer from some sort of fear of flying, and flying anxiety would not be a problem. In this article we look at what flying anxiety is and what the symptoms are, why we suffer from a fear of flying and several over the counter prescription & non-prescription natural medications to overcome flight anxiety.

SSRI vs SNRI for anxiety

SSRIs vs SNRIs For Anxiety – How do SSRIs & SNRIs work and which is better for anxiety?

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) drugs are both used to treat depression and anxiety symptoms, but they function slightly differently and come with different methods of action, side-effects and levels of effectiveness. Here we look at what SSRIs and SNRIs are, how they work for anxiety, what the drawbacks & side-effects are for each of them, analyze which is more effective and even look at some natural alternatives.

Gabapentin For Anxiety

Gabapentin for Anxiety: Does Neurontin Work, Recommended Dosage, Side Effects, Alternatives & More

Gabapentin (Neurontin), a prescription anticonvulsant medication, is a synthetic version of the neurotransmitter GABA, or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid. Originally, gabapentin was created to control certain types of seizures in people who have epilepsy, as well as nerve pain relief solution, and a calming agent for conditions like restless leg syndrome. Gabapentin is also used off-label as a treatment for anxiety symptoms and disorders. Here we look at how Gabapentin works against anxiety, compare it to other alternatives like beta-blockers & natural supplements, consider the side-effects and long-term downsides, and figure out if Gabapentin is effective against anxiety.

Natural Metoprolol Alternatives

5 Natural Alternatives To Metoprolol For Anxiety

Metoprolol is a selective beta-blocker that’s prescribed around 27 million times a year in the US. It’s commonly used to help treat high blood pressure and similar heart-related conditions, but it is also commonly used off-script by performers (musicians, actors, public speakers, etc.) to help with performance anxiety and stage fright issues. The same function of Metoprolol that makes it good for helping with blood pressure issues, makes it helpful with anxiety as well. There are some side-effects & downsides to Metoprolol however, so here we look at how the drug works, and what prescription and natural alternatives exist for Metoprolol.

Does a Stage Fright Pill Exist?

Does A Stage Fright Pill Exist?

Just like with any difficulty commonly faced by people around the world, professional performers (and non-performers) have sought out some form of ‘stage fright pill’ to help with their performance anxiety issues for a long time. Beta-blocker medications have often been used ‘off-script’ for anxiety, and there are some alternatives to beta-blockers in the form of supplements and some unique techniques. Here we are going to look into whether a stage fright pill even exists, what side-effects they may have and what the alternatives are.

How to overcome extreme golfing nerves

How To Fight (and Overcome) Extreme Golfing Nerves

Is nervousness and overall anxiety messing with your golf game? You may be suffering from golfing nerves, or ‘golf anxiety’ and believe it or not, this may actually be a good sign! Here we look at what is causing your golfing nerves, how to use the same techniques that golf pros use to overcome them and improve your game, plus several golf nerves remedies that will help you elevate your performance.

Bisoprolol for Anxiety

Bisoprolol (Zebeta) For Anxiety: Can Bisoprolol Help With Anxiety Symptoms?

Bisoprolol is a prescription beta-blocker, normally prescribed under the brand-name Zebeta to treat cardiovascular conditions like hypertension and irregular heartbeats. Many high-level performers, musicians, speakers & artists use beta blockers like Bisoprolol off-script to help reduce performance anxiety or stage fright before and during a big performance. Here, we take a look at why so many performers and celebrities are using Bisoprolol to help with their anxiety, and we determine if Bisoprolol is actually a good long-term solution to stage fright. We also look at how Bisoprolol works exactly, what the side-effects are, what the recommended dosages are and even check to see if there are any natural alternatives.

Over the counter beta blocker substitutes

Is There An Over The Counter Substitute To Beta Blockers For Anxiety?

Beta blockers are commonly used ‘off-script’ by performers such as musicians, public speakers, athletes, etc to help with performance anxiety symptoms. Here we look at how beta-blockers work and uncover several substitutes to beta blockers available over the counter that performers who are worried about beta blocker side-effects can use.

How cure Golf Yips

Golf Yips Cures – How To Overcome Yips & Anxiety To Improve Your Golf Performance

Golf, at higher levels, is a mentally taxing sport. You need to balance mental focus and calm with hundreds, maybe thousands, of physical variables that can all make or break your game. A common issue for many golfers is experiencing ‘the golf yips’, traditionally during the short game (pitch shots, chip shots and putts). Here we will look at what ‘the yips’ are, what causes them, and uncover five different remedies that you can use to overcome golf yips so that you can level-up your game.

Propranolol Vs Xanax for Anxiety - are benzos or beta-blockers better for performance anxiety?

Propranolol vs Xanax for Anxiety – Are Benzodiazepines better than Beta Blockers?

Propranolol (commonly sold under the brand name Inderal) and Xanax, a well-known Benzodiazepine medication, are both drugs commonly prescribed and used to help with stress responses and anxiety. Benzodiazepines including Xanax act on the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect, whereas beta-blockers like Propranolol focus on the cardiovascular system & heart to lower blood pressure with the side-effect of lowering anxiety. Here we look at the pros and cons of both Xanax & Propranolol for anxiety; including side-effects, addiction risks, dosages for anxiety & in-depth looks at how they work and what natural alternatives exist for anxiety.

Depakote For Anxiety

Valproic Acid (Depakote) For Anxiety: Can Depakote Help With Anxiety Symptoms?

Depakote is used “off-script” by many performers, musicians, and others suffering to help with anxiety issues; performance anxiety, social anxiety, or otherwise. Here we look at what Depakote is, how it works against anxiety, compare it to other alternatives like beta-blockers & natural supplements, examine any side-effects and long-term downsides, and figure out if Depakote is effective against anxiety.

How famous athletes handle pressure

How Famous Sporting Figures Deal with Pressure

For many sports athletes, the stakes are extremely high and they are under extraordinary pressure. The smallest step wrong or right can be the difference between a huge win or a devastating loss. This pressure can be debilitating but there are a few athletes who have made the art of performing under pressure look easy, and here we look at how they do it.

PerformZen Performance Anxiety Supplement Review

PerformZen Calm Performance Formula Review – Beta-Blocker Alternative Supplement for Stage Fright & Anxiety?

I have been recommending PerformZen Calm Performance Formula on this website a lot recently, as well as to several clients who are seeking fast-acting solutions to their stage fright and anxiety issues. A couple of readers have actually reached out asking for more information about the performance anxiety supplement, so I reached out to the founders of the company and managed to arrange a phone interview with Jane Nguyen, one of the ‘brains behind the operation’. We dig into the PerformZen supplement, how it became a product in the first place, how it compares to prescription beta blockers, and I even share my own thoughts and review of the all-natural stage fright supplement.

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PerformanceAnxiety.com was originally started by Janet Esposito (MSW, LCSW) in 1999 to help people who have a fear of public speaking or performing through her publications, workshops and personal coaching. More than 20 years later, this website has grown to be the main resource for anybody who needs to perform in high-anxiety situations. We help readers learn about stage fright, social anxiety & performance anxiety so that they can overcome their fears and perform at their best in any situation.
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  • Have an immediate surge of fear when you learn you need to do public speaking or performing
  • Attempt to avoid giving presentations or performances because of performance anxiety
  • Suffer from a lot of anticipatory anxiety thinking about your presentation or performance ahead of time
  • Experience stage fright and feel very self-conscious being "in the spotlight"
  • Suffer constantly from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and related conditions
  • Worry about embarrassing yourself in front of others, fearful that people will see how anxious you are and that you will lose credibility and respect
  • Feel a lot of inner turmoil and have missed opportunities because of this fear

Get started by looking through our performance anxiety guides, covering topics from diagnosing your performance anxiety through to our reccomended exercises, products and medications that can help you overcome your anxities & stage fright. Our blog also contains a lot of helpful articles about everything related to performance anxiety.

What is Performance Anxiety?

Performance anxiety is the fear someone experiences before and/or during a specific type of performance. When someone has performance anxiety, they might fear that the performance will be a failure even if they are well prepared.

Often, the fear is tied to the potential humiliation or rejection that might result from a failed performance. And although performance anxiety can exist around any type of task, it is usually more prevalent among people that have to perform under pressure.

Musical performers, actors, public speakers, and professional athletes are some of the professions where performance anxiety is common. This is why performance anxiety is also known as stage fright. To learn more about what performance anxiety is, including what the symptoms and causes are, take a look at our What is Performance Anxiety article.

Glossophobia, or 'Fear Of Public Speaking'

Did you know that Glossophobia, the medical term for a fear of public speaking, is said to be the number one fear reported in surveys of American adults, topping such fears as the fear of flying, financial problems, sickness, and even death?

Fear of public speaking is reported to be the number one fear of American adults, with many people experiencing tremendous suffering because of it. This fear often takes a huge toll on peoples' effectiveness in the workplace and in other settings as it stops them from fully expressing their thoughts and ideas in front of others. This fear afflicts not only the timid and socially anxious, but also those who are otherwise seen as confident and outgoing. Many people go to great lengths to avoid speaking up in front of groups, either formally or informally, or they are less effective if they do speak up.

A parallel fear exists for people working in the performing arts and entertainment fields, such as singers, musicians, actors, and actresses. Even very talented and accomplished performers may suffer from intense performance anxiety and feel tremendous fear when anticipating or giving performances (or they may avoid performances altogether).

While a mild level of performance anxiety is perfectly normal when one is called upon to speak or perform in public, many people suffer from a much higher level of fear and dread. They may experience symptoms of panic, such as heart palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating, trembling or shaking, feeling dizzy, unsteady or lightheaded, feeling detached, and feeling a loss of control over their ability to manage the fear. They may also experience blushing or heat surges, sweating, difficulty concentrating, and thought blocking. Often they experience intense anticipatory anxiety prior to the speaking or performance event, sometimes days, weeks, or months ahead of time.

This fear strongly affects an individual's professional life and prospects for career advancement. Many people have given up professional opportunities for advancement if the new position calls for more public speaking or public performance. Some people have left a job or have not gone on for higher education to avoid facing their fear. There is clearly much lost potential for individuals, and for society, due to this fear.

Having this fear also takes a big toll on the person's self-confidence and self-esteem, as many people feel embarrassed and ashamed to have such a fear. They may try to keep their fear hidden as much as possible, though they are often afraid of being "found out." They are often intensely uncomfortable and self-conscious with being "in the spotlight" and having others focus attention on them.

A deep fear associated with public speaking or performing is the fear of embarrassment and negative evaluation by others. Many people feel terrified of making a fool of themselves in front of others and fear that people will view them as inadequate in some way. There is often a fear of harsh judgment from others, and a fear of loss of credibility and respect if others find out just how afraid they are. Many people who suffer this fear tend toward perfectionism and are afraid to make mistakes. They are afraid to let others see their fear and vulnerability, fearful of not being seen as strong and in control.

While a person can often successfully avoid situations that require public speaking or performing, the avoidance behavior itself actually worsens the fear. The person comes to believe that he or she cannot handle speaking or performing situations and that avoidance is the only solution. While the avoidance initially provides a feeling of great relief, it erodes the person's confidence and belief in him or herself and thus greatly limits and constricts the person's life choices.

If you can relate to the feelings and experience of someone who has stage fright, please know that you have come to the right place to get help! This website is dedicated to revealing a range of methods to help ease and lessen your performance anxiety so you no longer feel controlled by this fear.

You do not have to suffer any longer from this fear. I hope to hear from you soon so I can help you find the solutions you are looking for to address this incredible challenge in your life.