What is Performance Anxiety?
Performance anxiety is a common occurrence we have all faced at one point or another in our lifetimes. Anxiety in general is a common biological trait we all share as humans and one that prepares us for and forces us to react to danger. Most of us have had nightmares of getting in front of the class and speaking for the first time and no words coming out.
Do I have Performance Anxiety?
The differences between having some butterflies or being slightly nervous and having true performance anxiety are significant. Performance anxiety starts to become problematic when it significantly affects your ability to perform or function in an occupational, social, interpersonal, or academic environment. Untreated it can lead to a person self medicating themselves with alcohol and ro drugs.
What are the symptoms of Performance Anxiety?
So how do you know if you have performance anxiety and should consult with a therapist? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and or behaviors and it is affecting any areas of your life you might benefit from consulting with a therapist.
What are some symptoms of and or behaviors associated with Performance Anxiety?
- Sweating Palms
- Racing heart beat
- Trembling Voice
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Profusely Sweating
- Inability to concentrate
- Mind blanking out
- Stuttering/slurring of speech
- Dry Mouth
Performance Anxiety can affect various areas of one’s life including:
- Sexual performance
- Self image/Self esteem
What type of treatment is there for performance anxiety?
Two common treatments used to help improve performance anxiety are psychotherapy and medication management. They can be administered together and or separately. The most common treatment used to treat performance anxiety is CBT; which stands for cognitive behavior therapy. CBT is an evidence based treatment method proven to show results. It will teach you the connection between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviors. During CBT patients reframe negative thinking patterns into more positive ones. Patients also make changes in their behavior. Treatment will also teach you coping skills to better manage the overwhelming emotions and thoughts so they do not interfere with functioning. Medication can also be prescribed by a psychiatrist to target the symptoms associated with performance anxiety.
Where can I get help for my performance anxiety?
Thriveworks is here to help with Performance Anxiety. At Thriveworks, we have licensed Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed clinical Social Workers that are trained and ready to help you to overcome your performance anxiety.
Same and next day appointments!
We also know how difficult it is to get a same day appointment with a qualified therapist who accepts your insurance. Many practices don’t even answer the phone, much less call you back if you leave a voicemail. At Thriveworks we always answer the phone and typically are able to give you an appointment within 24 hrs of your call.
We accept insurance!
We accept most insurances and typically offer appointments within 24 hrs of your call. We accept Cigna, Independence Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield/Highmark, Magellan, Keystone Health Plan East, Personal Choice, United Behavioral Health, Cigna, and Compsych.
We are conveniently located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania at 600 N Jackson St, Suite 300, Media, Pa. Thriveworks is accessible by public transportation via SEPTA regional rail, Trolley, and bus, we also offer free parking.
Call 610-808-9923 to schedule appointment, or fill out a contact form and we’ll call you.