Well guys I just had to register on here and tell my story as it is similar to a lot of stuff I hve been reading on the forums and feel it can and will help so many others in my boat.
I am a confident and very social 33 year old who has many friends who look to me for help and advice. At school I was one of the class clowns who made people laugh and have continued that in to later life. I am the center of attention at the pub and social events etc.
I went on to college and then on to work on the gaming sector.
One incident happened to me at school, but I had surpressed it, and it involved Publicly Speaking on a topic of nonsense in an English Class. I bowed my head and started to read word for word what was written down, I went bright Red (Blush), I started to shake, I had sweaty hands, my heart pounded etc etc etc. As soon as the speach was over I calmed down with everyone still looking at me and took questions, with no problems at all as we interacted.
It was this fight or flight response from my body from knowhere.
So I went on through life avoiding situations of public speaking until recently being promoted at work and having to give demonstrations to clients and presentations.
I was so worried I would avoid everything but it needed addressing so I went to the doc a few months back and was prescribed really low doses of Propranolol (Inderal) 10mg tablets to be taken an hour before. (max 20mg)
I decided I would try 5mg before a work meeting the other day and boy oh boy does it work. I bit the pill in half and an hour later headed in to the void.
Normally I would sit back and just listen unti lsomeone mentioned my name and my heart would pound, it's so weird cause your body expects it but your heart wont do what it wants. You stay calm, your voice doesnt crack, your blushing is not there. Your confidence grows and you begin to contribute.
Took another 5mg one month later and the same calmness, it's incredible.
What I want people to understand is this drug in small doses, not daily is wonderful at controlling the fight or flight response. You just can't raise your heart rate and as such can't panic.
You only need small small doses whenever the need arises and it's out your system in 4 - 5 hours and fully gone in 12hrs.
I am very active and play football at a high level and think my condition relates to a massive adrenaline release, which in sport is amazing but in important meetings , demos etc is debilitating.
The only side effects I have noticed is a small amount of blurred vision and feel a little tired (tiny tiny amount in both) I guess the more you do the more the side effects kick in, but doing more Propranolol won't help block more. 5mg is enough for any presentation.
If you have a Fight or Flight condition you must try this, I guarantee you will be amazed. Years of avoiding situations disappear within minutes.
Please post your use of the drug and situations that have helped you. With our shared knowledge we can help those that feel trapped, as I once did.
Love and Peace to all.