Eric Reedle

Eric is a performance expert and a member of the PerformZen team since it was founded. Eric has battled anxiety his entire life and he is passionate about helping people gain control over the things that they fear most, with anxiety being at the top of that list for many! Here are all of Eric Reedle's contributions:

Hydroxyzine for Anxiety: Benefits, Dosage, and Side Effects

Hydroxyzine for Anxiety

Hydroxyzine is a prescription antihistamine drug that has some sedative properties, and is therefore used by some to help with anxiety symptoms and disorders. A part of the ‘piperazine’ class of drugs, we wanted to know how hydroxyzine works for anxiety purposes, what the recommended dosages are for anxiety, potential interactions, upsides and downsides of usage (as well as any side-effects) and ultimately; we attempted to find out if hydroxyzine is better then alternative anxiety solutions (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical, as well as natural alternatives). Find out just how good Hydroxyzine is for anxiety.

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Acebutolol for Anxiety – Benefits, Side Effects, Risks & Alternatives

Acebutolol Beta Blocker for Anxiety

Acebutolol (Sectral) is a beta-blocker medication that many people (particularly performers such as singers, musicians, speakers and sales execs) use ‘off-script’ to help them manage their anxiety symptoms, be it performance anxiety, social anxiety or generalized anxiety. Here we look at how Acebutolol works to help with anxiety and stage fright issues, consider if it is a safe and effective medication to use, understand ideal acebutolol dosage for anxiety purposes, and look at some natural alternatives to the prescription beta-blocker.

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Nootropics For Social Anxiety – The Best Smart Drugs For Social Interactions

Nootropics for Social Anxiety

Most people experience some level of social anxiety, and it’s usually ramped up around larger crowds or crowded social functions. But for some, social anxiety gets so intense that it prohibits the person from truly experiencing and enjoying situations that could potentially benefit them. It’s usually at this point that Nootropics to help with social anxiety are considered. Here we go over the different Nootropic options for those looking for assistance with social interactions. Highlights include Uridine Monophosphate (UMP), Aniracetam, L-Theanine, Curcumin and PerformZen.

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Best Propranolol (Inderal) Natural Alternatives for Anxiety

Natural Propranolol Alternatives for Anxiety

Propranolol is the most prescribed beta blocker in the US, and it’s commonly used off-script for anxiety & stage fright symptoms by professional performers of all sorts. Here we look at what Propranolol is and why it’s being used by so many to help with their performance anxiety, as well as identifying the side-effects and downsides of the medication. Finally we look at several natural alternatives to Propranolol for those who want a natural option to help with their anxiety issues instead of using beta blockers.

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Valerian Root For Social Anxiety – Can Valerian Root Help With Social Anxiety?

Valerian Root for Social Anxiety

Valerian Root is a herb derived from the root of the valerian plant, and it’s usage has been recorded throughout history (from Nordic mythology, to the ancient Greeks & Romans) as a herbal tool for fighting stress, migraines, insomnia & fatigue. As valerian root has become popular as a natural relaxant, its usage by those looking for help with social anxiety and generalized anxiety symptoms has increased dramatically. Here we take a look at what Valerian root is, investigate whether it works for social anxiety, analyze side effects are and uncover if it’s actually a good tool for overcoming social anxiety.

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Khloé Kardashian Uses Beta Blockers For Her Anxiety? What Are Beta Blockers & Are They Safe?

Khloé Kardashian uses beta blockers for her anxiety?

Many celebrities have been known to use Beta Blockers to help with their performance anxiety and stage fright issues. Some of the most popular include Katy Perry, Shawn Mendez, Whitney Cummings and, the highlight of this article; Khloé Kardashian. In an episode of ‘The Kardashians’ on Hulu, Khloé Kardashian was pushed by her mother and manager Kris Jenner to user a beta blocker to help calm her nerves before appearing on The Late Show. Here, we look at what beta blockers are, how they help celebs like Khloé Kardashian with their anxiety, discuss the risks & downsides and even suggest some natural alternatives to prescription beta blockers.

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Flying Anxiety Guide – How To Overcome A Fear of Flying

Flying Anxiety guide to help overcome a fear of flying

Just over 40% of the US population experience some degree of flying anxiety according to studies. If you regularly suffer from flying anxiety, then you’ve probably heard the stats about how safe flying really is, particularly compared to other modes of transportation, or about how rare accidents are in the aviation space. Unfortunately, we typically can’t overcome our fears and phobias with a few well-quoted statistics. In this article we look at what flying anxiety is, what the symptoms are, uncover why we suffer from a fear of flying in the first place and then look at several medications, techniques and books that should help you overcome your own fear of flying.

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How to get your voice back – 4 quick remedies to get your voice back quickly

Lost Voice Remedy - How to get your voice back

For professional performers and professions that emphasize vocal communication, the voice is an essential tool. What many experience after repeatedly pushing their voice to the extremes is either a complete loss of voice, or harsh irritation and inflammation of the throat (and therefore voice). This is a natural bodily response, but there are several things that can be done to either prevent voice loss from occurring too regularly, or remedies to help you recover faster when voice loss inevitably occurs. Here we try and hone in on the ultimate lost voice remedy.

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Is Fear of Public Speaking Really The Number One Fear in The World?

Fear of public speaking

According to a recent survey, over 40% of Americans say they have a fear of public speaking and the only fear more common was snakes (some even listed death as less scary then public speaking)! Fear of public speaking, or the medical term glossophobia, is extremely common in humans and has primal routes in our psychology. Here we investigate if the fear of public speaking really is the number one ranked fear globally, as well as dig in to why so many experience this fear and what we can do to help overcome it.

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Does PerformZen Calm Performance Formula work For Social Anxiety?

Can PerformZen help with social anxiety?

Social Anxiety can really have a negative impact on your life. It can effect everything from your body language through to your social network and status. If you are constantly feeling anxious in social situations, then you may be wondering if PerformZen can help with your social anxiety symptoms? In this article we go over several different techniques that you can use to fight Social Anxiety and help clarify if PerformZen is useful for fighting and overcoming social anxiety (spoiler: IT IS).

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How To Calm Nerves Before A Presentation

How to calm nerves before a presentation

Giving a presentation is a terrifying experience for many people. In fact, studies show that nearly 40% of Americans list a fear of public speaking and giving presentations in front of an audience as 1 of their top 5 fears. If you have a presentation coming up, you may be feeling the nerves and anxiety and it might be getting in the way of preparing properly. Here, we investigate why we experience anxiety before a presentation in the first place, and then provide several solutions to help you calm your nerves before giving a big presentation.

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Medications & Supplements For Public Speaking Anxiety

Supplements & Medications for public speaking anxiety

There is a lot of people with a fear of public speaking (clinically called glossophobia), or general public speaking anxiety. According to one survey, a fear of public speaking affected over 40% of Americans. Many of those suffering with public speaking anxiety may be considering popular anxiety medications and dietary supplements designed to help with performance anxiety & stage fright. We look into the top supplement choices for public speaking anxiety, and compare those to some more traditional anxiety medications.

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14 Public Speaking Anxiety Tricks to Help Overcome Public Speaking Nerves

Public Speaking Anxiety Tricks

The clinical term for a ‘Fear of Public Speaking’ is Glossophobia, and it is the second biggest fear of adult Americans, according to recent surveys. This fear of public speaking isn’t a problem at all for some people, but for others it can be a crippling phobia that significantly impacts their life and ability to perform & speak in front of an audience. In this article we look at what causes public speaking anxiety in the first place, why it effects some and not others, and then we cover fourteen different tips & tricks that can help you overcome your public speaking nerves & anxiety, and maybe give the best presentation or public speech that you’ve ever given.

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Dramamine for Anxiety – Is the anti-nausea medication good for fighting anxiety?

Dramamine for anxiety

Dramamine, generic name Dimenhydrinate, is an over-the-counter antihistamine drug primarily used to treat motion sickness and nausea. Lately, it has become clear that the motion sickness drug can also provide relaxation benefits. This combination of helping with nausea as well as decreasing anxiety symptoms has proven to be a very useful pairing for many. We look at how dramamine works for anxiety, what the side-effects and dosages are, and a few natural alternatives.

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Beta Blocker Dosages For Anxiety – Recommended Dosage For Propranolol, Metoprolol, Carvedilol, Acebutolol, Atenolol & Bisoprolol

Beta Blocker Dosage for Anxiety - Propranolol, Metoprolol, Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, Atenolol & Acebutolol dosage for anxiety

Beta-blockers are prescription medications typically prescribed for cardiovascular health conditions such as blood pressure, angina (chest pains) and irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), among others. Available over-the-counter under names like Propranolol, Metoprolol, Carvedilol, Acebutolol, Atenolol & Bisoprolol; beta-blockers have become extremely popular for professional and amateur performers who need to control their performance anxiety & stage fright symptoms, as beta blockers can block adrenaline effects. We look at the right dosages that are recommended for several popular beta-blocker medications when used for anxiety.

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The Best Non-Addictive Anxiety Medications

Non-addictive anxiety medication

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the US, affecting more than 19% of the adult population; approximately 40 million people. The run-on effect of this is a lot of anxiety medications being prescribed to help people manage their anxiety symptoms, with Benzodiazepines being the current most popular type of medication prescribed. While benzodiazepines are effective, they also have a very high risk of dependence and addiction. This is one of the many reasons that is causing people to look for non-addictive alternatives to traditional anxiety medications, and here we look at how these anxiety drugs works and what the best alternatives are.

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Silexan for Anxiety – How can Lavender Extract help with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Silexan For Anxiety

Silexan is an extract of lavender oil created by a German pharmaceutical company. Lavender has long been used as a folk ‘anxiety cure’ so it is not surprising that recent studies are showing that extracts of lavender (Silexan) are possibly just as effective as popular anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines & SSRIs at resolving generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Here we look at how silexan works for anxiety, what (if any) the side-effects of silexan are, dosage recommendations and some potential natural alternatives.

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Beta-Blockers For Speeches – Can Beta Blockers Help With Public Speaking?

Beta blockers for Public Speaking

Over 40% of American adults claim to have a fear of public speaking, according to surveys, and the only fear more common is snakes! Since a 1965 article published in the Lancet, performers have been using beta-blockers (heart medication) “off-script” to help deal with their stage fright and performance anxiety, and that includes public speakers. Considering that the link between beta blockers and public speaking goes so far back, we wanted to investigate why performers are using beta blockers to help with their performance anxiety issues, if they actually work and what the side-effects may be, as well as covering several alternatives to beta-blockers.

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Metoprolol Dosage For Anxiety & Potential Lopressor Side Effects

Metoprolol Dosage For Anxiety

The beta-blocker Metoprolol is commonly used ‘off-script’ by professional performers (public speakers, musicians, singers, etc) to help overcome anxiety symptoms, and two very common questions Metoprolol users ask is ‘what is the right Metoprolol dosage for anxiety’ and ‘are there any Metoprolol side-effects’. Here we answer these questions about the beta-blocker Metoprolol as well as looking at how Metoprolol works and considering if there any valid alternatives for anxiety.

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Atenolol vs Metoprolol for Anxiety: Which Beta Blocker works best for Anxiety?

Atenolol vs Metoprol for Anxiety and stage fright

Metoprolol (commonly sold under the brand name Lopressor) and Atenolol (commonly sold as Tenormin) are both selective Beta-1 blockers, designed to block the effects of epinephrine (adrenaline), and are typically prescribed to treat various cardiac-related heart conditions. However, beta blockers like Atenolol and Metoprolol are also used off-script to prevent anxiety symptoms. We look at how both Metoprolol and Atenolol work, what the side-effects are and then finally investigate which of the two beta blockers is most effective against performance anxiety symptoms.

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Coreg for Anxiety – Everything You Need to Know

Carvedilol for Anxiety & Stage Fright

Carvedilol is a prescription beta-blocker, normally prescribed under the brand-name Coreg to treat cardiovascular conditions like hypertension and irregular heartbeats. Many high-level performers use beta blockers like Coreg off-script to help reduce performance anxiety or stage fright before and during a big performance. We take a look at why so many performers and celebrities are using Coreg to help with their anxiety, and we determine if Carvedilol is actually a good long-term solution to stage fright. We also see how Coreg works exactly, what the side-effects are, what the recommended dosages are and even check to see if there are any natural alternatives.

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Clonidine For Anxiety: Everything You Need To Know About Catapres (Clonidine)

Clonidine For Anxiety

Clonidine, often sold under the commercial name Catapres, is commonly used off-script for anxiety by performers and people trying to overcome their stage fright and anxiety symptoms. In this article we look at how and why Clonidine works to help with anxiety & stage fright, as well as revealing the side-effects and diving into natural and equally effective alternatives.

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How I Overcame A Fear of Public Speaking Despite Having Social Anxiety

How I overcame Speech Anxiety and my fear of public speaking

According to studies, over 40% of Americans say they have a fear of public speaking and the only fear more common was snakes! Fear of public speaking, or the medical term glossophobia, is extremely common in humans and has primal routes in our psychology. I recently had a battle with speech anxiety, and I wanted to understand it as best I could and, if possible, overcome it so I could be confident in social situations and during presentations despite my social anxiety. I share the journey in this article.

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Are There Any Propranolol Side Effects?

What are the side effects of Propranolol?

Propranolol (Inderal) is commonly used by professional performers off-script to help with performance anxiety, stage fright & social anxiety symptoms. As the beta blocker Propranolol is so common among musicians, public speakers, and other performers, in this article we investigate if there are any Propranolol side effects to be aware of, how severe they are and alternatives available to those seeking help with their performance anxiety symptoms.

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