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Anxiety And Speech Impediments
I'm not sure what: You mean by bad speech anxiety. Are you afraid to speak in public, in a group or with anyone? People can be helped with behavior modification techniques for these kinds of issues, but it is not really clear what about your speech is making you anxious. Please explain. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
I need to give a speech and I need something, pref. Natural, to help ease my anxiety. Any suggestions?
Be prepared: There are several things one can do. Prepare you speech well ahead of time. Know your subject well. Try it out if possible on family or peers. Get a good nights sleep before the talk. Music that is tailored for relaxation is a good thing to use when close to presentation. Avoid caffeinated beverages and eat lightly before speaking. Chamomile tea is relaxing. Above all stay positive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are a few : Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event (public speaking) from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly. ...Read more
Complicated : What other symptoms? Is the person, taking in fluids? Severe depression can cause slowed thoughts and decreased speech. However, if the person is becoming catatonic in other words totally dysfunctional this can be very serious. The situation needs evaluated asap. Severe depression if not responding to outpatient care my require hospitalization. Ect is effective and safe despite hollywood bias. ...Read more
Possibly: There are many factors that would need be considered to determine whether this is a manic episode. Mania is characterized by inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, pressured speech or talkativeness, racing thoughts, distractibility, increased pursuit of goals, and excessive involvement in foolish activities. Anxiety can also be associated with unusual thoughts or speech. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Universal suspect: Anxiety is a prime suspect for almost all symptoms - especially the "soft" ones w/out known lab tests or imaging. And, certainly - thinking about it makes it worse. In fact, you have a great Dx Tool here! If the symptom can change based on distraction or focus - it's probably anxiety. Fractures, tumors, poisons, viruses, etc. do not come or go in response to a phone call, great song, annoying chat ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What do you suggest if I have extreme social anxiety and what do you suggest if I have to give a 5 minute speech in my public speaking class next week. Would 20 mg Xanax (alprazolam) help ?
5 minutes: 20 mgm Xanax will take you to funeral home not to 5 minute speech On occasions like this ask your MD for a Beta Blocker. Inderal was most effective. Being a shy man, I asked my MD if I can stay on it for good. He chased me out of his office. For SAD, we look at Anafranil, Luvox Paxil (paroxetine) Paxil (paroxetine) I use most for my pts. Luvox I shy away from " sedation" Anfranil still good but for anticholinergic ...Read more
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