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Re: beta blocker prescriptions

Posted by Elizabeth on October 1, 2001, at 14:47:28

In reply to beta blocker prescriptions, posted by Larry O on September 29, 2001, at 15:47:34

> I have a serious performance anxiety problem, and I want to see if beta blockers can help. But every time I call a psychiatrist office, I am told it will take years of therapy and a lot of money. I know that musicians are routinely prescribed beta blockers. What am I doing wrong?

Go to a psychiatrist who specialises in psychopharmacology (medical treatment of psych disorders) -- Cam's suggestion of talking to a GP seems like a good idea too (in general Cam's suggestions tend to be good ones). Say you've looked into it and you think you might be helped by propranolol or the like. Mention some of the books or articles you've read, if you think it would be helpful. Explain that you have uncomplicated performance anxiety and don't have the resources for extensive psychotherapy, if they suggest that.

I'm somewhat surprised that you've been unable to get a prescription for a beta blocker. It's not like they're controlled substances or something.





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