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Jul
28

Are there any over the counter medications that can help ease nerves and anxiety?

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I have to do a public speaking presentation and I am going to get really nervous, as most people. Is there anything that can help me cope with the nervousness and anxiety before and during the presentation, such as over the counter medications?

I don't recommend any kind of medication for any emotional disorder EVER. I have dealt with nerves, anxiety, depression, bi-polar and ultra ultra depressive symptoms for 14 years. I have tried many types of medications (prescription AND over the counter) and therapy. Nothing worked. I have been free of all medications for 2 years now. The only thing that cured me was my own free will. I said I was done with drugs and refused to be drug-dependant. With the help of my friends, I've been a free person for 2 years with almost no symptoms. Your mind is stronger than any pill.

Here are a few tips to over come your public speaking fears:
~Talk to the audience as you would a group of friends. Pretend these people are your best buddies and talk to them as you would every day.
~Realize that most people in your class are probably as nervous as you are.
~Realize its only a few minutes and it will be over. It is not a test of your self worth.
~When ever you get stressed over something you HAVE to do or a choice you have to make, ask yourself—"will it matter next week? will it matter next year? will it matter in 10 years? Will it matter when I'm 100 years old?" This helps you to realize how unimportant some things you stress over really are.

Good luck. I hope you do well. :)

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Try St John's Wart, its a natural anti depresstant
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I would stay away from medicating the problem as they will skew your personality or could make you dopey. Try a counselling session or two. It can really help. I have assisted many people in getting through this very common issue.

http://www.onlinelifecoach.org
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I don't recommend any kind of medication for any emotional disorder EVER. I have dealt with nerves, anxiety, depression, bi-polar and ultra ultra depressive symptoms for 14 years. I have tried many types of medications (prescription AND over the counter) and therapy. Nothing worked. I have been free of all medications for 2 years now. The only thing that cured me was my own free will. I said I was done with drugs and refused to be drug-dependant. With the help of my friends, I've been a free person for 2 years with almost no symptoms. Your mind is stronger than any pill.

Here are a few tips to over come your public speaking fears:
~Talk to the audience as you would a group of friends. Pretend these people are your best buddies and talk to them as you would every day.
~Realize that most people in your class are probably as nervous as you are.
~Realize its only a few minutes and it will be over. It is not a test of your self worth.
~When ever you get stressed over something you HAVE to do or a choice you have to make, ask yourself—"will it matter next week? will it matter next year? will it matter in 10 years? Will it matter when I'm 100 years old?" This helps you to realize how unimportant some things you stress over really are.

Good luck. I hope you do well. :)
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well, you could try some of the over the counter sleep aids like Kalms (contains the natural sedative Valerian) which might help you.

if i'm feeling nervous (before a major event, job interview, presentation) i usually take a couple of analgesic tablets which contain codeine (e.g. solpadeine or other paracetamol/tylenol and codeine mix); about 8-10 mg codeine in total. this will slightly alleviate your feeling of nervousness and will also stop you needing to visit the bathroom (codeine greatly slows down bowel movement) which is a common symptom of nerves- this will make you feel calmer and more comfortable.

apart from this, avoid alcohol and caffeine and maybe try a tea made from either chamomile or basil: both have a reputation for calming nerves. also try deep breathing and relaxation techniques. however, the codeine trick works for me every time, just don't take too much.
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If it truly is just nerves, the perhaps you could try hypnosis. If it is more than nerves, go to a doctor. Anxiety can be crippling at its worst and really frustrating at its best. You don't have to become a pill head to learn to control your stage fright, if that is what it is.

I have been treated for anxiety/depression since being teenager. I can't control it on my own and being crippled by it is NOT a plan. I need my meds, but I dont' need so alter my personality to cope. My own will isn't enough. I would never want anyone to suffer through a chemical issue – those do exist and there are strategies for overcoming.
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