Time to Chillax: Stressless interviews and public speaking

At Man Behind The Mirror, we offer Propranolol, a clinical treatment that keeps you relaxed and composed ahead of important events such as a job interview or public speaking, so that you can perform at your very best.

Here's what you need to know...

What is propranolol?

Propranolol is a prescription-only medicine that is highly effective in treating the physical symptoms of event-specific anxiety, also known as situational anxiety.

What is situational anxiety?

Situational anxiety is a specific type of anxiety that happens when stressful situations or events make us lose control of our ability to stay calm.

This happens due to our reaction to stress hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline which trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response in our bodies.

Situational anxiety is very common, especially when it comes to public speaking.

Other situations that can cause elevated anxiety levels include job interviews, important meetings, first dates, meeting new people or being in a new or unusual environment.

Situational anxiety leads to our heart rate rising, causing both psychological and physical symptoms.

The psychological symptoms include making us feel anxious, nervous and apprehensive.

Propranolol address and alleviates the physical symptoms, which include a fast heart rate, a shaky voice and hands, sweating and dizziness.

This means we are more cool, calm and collected, enabling us to perform at our very best and make the most of our potential.

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How does Propranolol work?

Propranolol is a beta blocker, a category of medicine that was initially developed to treat heart problems.

Propranolol has a minor, but noticeable effect on the heart and blood vessels, preventing the heart from overworking in stressful situations.

It also inhibits the effects of stress hormones, which further helps to combat the physical symptoms of anxiety.

This means that when you’re in an environment that triggers these emotions, you won’t notice a faster heartbeat, sweaty hands or shaking.

Instead, you’ll feel more relaxed and composed, making it easier for you to function normally.

Does Propranolol have any effect on the psychological symptoms?

Whilst Propranolol is not effective at directly treating the psychological symptoms of anxiety such as nervousness, most people find that treating the physical symptoms does have a positive effect on the mental symptoms.

This may be because you get a relaxing feeling that you are doing something proactive about the physical symptoms, or are less aware of the psychological symptoms, or both.

What else should I be aware of?

Propranolol shouldn’t be taken every day for anxiety, only as needed in advance of the situation or event where your anxiety tends to peak.

The tablets usually take around 20-30 minutes to take effect and will last for up to four hours.

Propranolol does not cause addiction and usually does not cause significant side effects.

How can I buy Propranolol?

To buy propranolol 40mg tablets, simply fill in our short online consultation and then, following review from our medical team, we'll send the treatment to your quickly and discreetly. 

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If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to contact us at help@manbehindthemirror.co.uk

Written by Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.