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How can I get rid of social phobia and performance anxiety?


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Published At August 18, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 20 years old female. I have persistent depression and social anxiety disorder. I have not ever taken medication for this issue. My social anxiety usually springs me into full-blown panic attacks like shaking, feeling unsteady, trouble catching breathes, extreme twitchiness and my throat close up. I wanted to go for an audition for a singing competition, but I have social anxiety, and it is a severe debilitating symptom. I have been wondering if there is any medicine to take as a temporary sedate as it is enough for me to perform, and to stop taking them when it is not needed.


Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of social phobia and performance anxiety. Do not worry as there are lots of good medicines which will help you to perform without anxiety. Medicines like Beta blockers like Propranolol will help to reduce your anxiety symptoms. You can also attend few psychotherapy sessions to learn relaxation therapies with exposure and response prevention techniques.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki
Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki


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