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Public Speaking Anxiety

Performance Anxiety

Stage Fright and Public Speaking Anxiety

Performance Anxiety Treatment

Performance anxiety, or “stage fright,” is characterized by persisting, distressful apprehension about performance skills, often leading to an actual impairment of those skills. While some mild to moderate anxiety is normal and motivating in performances, it can quickly become serious when heightened to a certain threshold. This condition is most associated with public speaking, but it is also common in athletes, performing artists, and other public-facing professionals.

It can be easy to blame yourself for performance anxiety, but this condition is not your fault. When you feel anxious, a series of chemical reactions occur in the brain, triggering an adrenaline release and leading to a fight or flight response. One solution is to seek professional help, such as at West End Consultation Group. Our psychiatric providers are here for you, and we are ready to develop a personalized performance anxiety treatment plan tailored to your goals.

The hardest step is reaching out, but we’re ready and waiting to hear from you. Request an appointment or call 952-856-8452 today.

Signs & Symptoms of Performance Anxiety or Stage Fright

When performance anxiety occurs, you may experience overwhelming feelings that become so extreme you freeze, lose the ability to think clearly, or panic. In severe situations, you may be prevented entirely from doing something you love or enjoy. Physical and emotional symptoms include:

  • Shaking or becoming tremulous
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Decreased concentration
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Panic
  • Inability to recall basic facts
  • Extreme embarrassment


How Performance Anxiety Treatment Improves Your Life

Stage fright can occur at any point in your life, but it is not permanent. Seeking professional performance anxiety treatment can address your symptoms, discover your anxiety triggers, and create strategies for improving your overall quality of life. Exact treatment plans will vary depending on your symptoms but usually use a combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and other considerations.

Medication Management

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may explore medication management as a tool for performance anxiety treatment. Your psychiatric specialist will discuss your needs, answer your questions, and conduct a full assessment of past and present medications. They may recommend beta-blockers or other types of medication to help you feel more in control during the performance.

A Holistic Approach to Performance Anxiety Treatment

At West End Consultation Group, we understand that we are only one part of your healthcare system. To make sure your treatments don’t contradict each other, we will work closely with your primary care physician, therapist, or other providers as we create an individualized performance anxiety treatment plan.

West End Consultation Group is Here to Help

West End Consultation Group takes an empathetic and non-judgmental approach to performance anxiety treatment. Based out of St. Louis Park, our psychiatric care team works with adults throughout the Twin Cities to treat stage fright and other mental health conditions. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals in pursuit of your most fulfilling lifestyle.

When you’re ready to start down the pathway to better mental health, contact us or request an appointment. We’ll be in touch to discuss availability.

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