Performance anxiety beta blockers

Musicians Use Beta Blockers as Performance-Enabling Drugs

That age-old curse, stage fright, is nothing new. But for classical musicians it's come with a considerable stigma. Despite the fact that famous artists like Vladimir Horowitz, Renee Fleming and Glenn Gould have all experienced crippling performance anxiety, a hush-hush attitude has long prevailed.

"The reason people don't talk about it is because it would affect your opportunities, ” Diane Nichols, a psychotherapist who calms a stage-fright class in Juilliard's evening division, told host Naomi Lewin (listen to the full discussion above). “How seriously is someone going to look at you if they're auditioning you, if they know you have a history of choking or of panicking?”

But in an age when people broadcast details of their daily lives through social media, there are also signs that the taboo may be lifting. Holly Mulcahy, a violinist who won the job of concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in May, says there’s a greater openness than even a decade ago, and new methods of coping.

"Some of my teachers in conservatory days would gladly carry around a flask of Scotch and take it before they went on stage, " she said. “But I don’t see that in any of the orchestras that I've played in recently.”

Instead, Mulcahy and other orchestra musicians increasingly turn to beta blockers. According to Mulcahy and other musicians who spoke with WQXR, in some backstage areas, they're passed around like chewing gum or mints. Mulcahy recalls panicked colleagues calling "Oh my God, does anybody have any Inderal?"

Beta blockers have been common in classical music since the 1970s. Originally prescribed to treat high blood pressure, they became performance enablers when it became clear that Inderal (the brand name) controlled stage fright. As long ago as 1987, a study of the 51 largest orchestras in the U.S. found one in four musicians using them to improve their live performances, with 70 percent of those getting their pills illicitly.

But there are new stresses since a generation ago. Fewer jobs and heightened competition mean less room for error. For opera singers, looks are becoming as important as voice. A 2012 study from the University of Paderborn in Germany found that 30 percent of orchestra musicians suffer from stage fright; 13 percent said it was severe.

I told the guys at work that my resoloution

by Tabaqui

Was to have more sex this year. (I'm getting more now then ever before and it's really good, btw). One of them laughed and said "I'd settle for any sex". I feel sad for them. I don't think I'd set a goal for everyday though. That is a set up for performance anxiety. Also, never underestimate the value of a good nights sleep. Maybe a better goal would be to apply effort to a better sexual relationship then ever before. That still has bragging rights although it's hard to quantify.

SEXUAL PERFORMANCE ANXIETY HELP AND ADVICE

by Musclebeef

Whats up guys, thought this would be a good place to get some advice from the gay community. I have been dealing with sexual performance anxiety for about 5 years. I have been with the same guy for 4 years, he has dealt with my issue as best he can. He uses porn and dildo's when I am away or at work. He will not use the toys with me at all. Doing these sexual acts while I am at work or away makes me feel insecure and unattractive to him. Its causing huge relationship issues and we have talked about splitting up. He feels because I can't provide the hard cock to top him I should understand that he has sexual needs and leave it at that

That was 100% serious.

by CheeriosAndMilk

It takes a woman who will work through it and still have fun at the same time. i've been with men with performance anxiety.. a thoughtful woman would realize you need to take it slow at first to get the jitters out of the way, and then everything should work just fine. in my experience, that's the way it goes.
if it's performance anxiety then you don't need medication, it's all in your head.
if it's sexual *malfunction* then you need to see a doctor, it may not be sexually related at all, could be, like, a bad heart that isn't giving you enough blood flow to maintain an erection (off the top of my head, i'm not a penis expert, sorry

You're a great girlfriend

by woundedheart

I had the same problem at the same period of my life - my mid twenties when I woke up with erections that would NOT go down. I had no problems with my erections - it was performance anxiety with this woman. But the consequences were very bad - I got dumped and called a homo and felt like crap. It only snowballed until I gave up on sex for a long while (god, like five years).
What's great is that you're willing to work with him, your post here is proof of that. I wish I had a girlfriend like you when I was in my mid twenties. My sexual life would have been all that more richer for it during a time I really could have mined it

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