Hi there and welcome to the forums,
Beta blockers do not so much treat the anxiety itself but more the symptoms of anxiety e.g things like increased heart rate or shaking. Here is some info about them from Patient UK.
" Beta-blockers work by blocking the transmission of certain nerve impulses.
The ends of some nerves release a chemical (neurotransmitter
) called noradrenaline when the nerve is stimulated. This chemical then stimulates beta-adrenergic receptors. These receptors are tiny structures which occur on cells in various parts of the body including the heart, brain, and blood vessels. When these receptors are stimulated, they cause various effects. For example, nerve impulses to the heart can stimulate beta-adrenergic receptors on heart cells. This causes an increase in the force and rate of the heart beat.
The beta-adrenergic receptors are also stimulated by adrenaline
, a hormone which circulates in the bloodstream. Adrenaline is made in the adrenal gland. The blood level of adrenaline can vary. For example, you may release a lot of adrenaline into the bloodstream when you are frightened or anxious which can cause an increase in your heart rate and other effects.
The beta-blocker drug
'sits' on beta-adrenergic receptors and stops ('blocks') the receptor from being stimulated. So, for example, if beta-receptors in the heart are blocked, the force and rate of the heart beat is reduced. "
Do you see a Doctor for your anxiety? That would be the most appropriate place to seek advice as there are various things which they may be able to prescribe. Some new generation SSRI
's are quite effective for anxiety. Perhaps consider herbal products such as St Johns Wort or Valerian? Also maybe about relaxation techniques that you can apply when your anxiety. Here's a really simple one:
A good way to start relaxation is to work on your breathing...
- Place one hand on your stomach.
- Breathe in through your nose to the silent count of four, allowing your stomach to swell.
- Breathe out gently through the mouth to the count of six, allowing the stomach to return to normal.
- Count to two and inhale again.
- Try to get a rhythm going, counting to four on the in-breaths and to six as you exhale.
- You are aiming to take about 8–12 breaths per minute
There is more relaxation stuff in the sleep management
Whilst it may seem really tempting to use substances to manage this kind of anxiety, I would worry that this could trigger problem drug use and addiction
as it is not really treating the underlying problem. Amphetamine
whilst may be effective in the short term for some for anxiety, can also lead to exacerbating the anxiety in the long term. In my opinion drugs like Aderall wouldn't be suitable for this kind of issue.
Perhaps considering some sort of counselling for your anxiety would also be a good option? as again, I would recommend finding the underlying issue that is triggering your anxiety and finding a way to deal with that, would be the most effective. This could be done in combination with medication if necessary. I must stress I'm not a Doctor but work in drug treatment and counselling. I'd recommend contacting a Doctor to discuss your options. All the best!