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Social anxiety has made client meetings and presentations physically impossible. Time to jump ship but no idea where my experience can take me. Any brand strat/comms planners with similar experience?

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Exercise. Sleep. And a liiiiitle bit of weed.

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Do you see a therapist about your anxiety? That might be a good place to start

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Get a prescription for Propranolol. Your doctor can prescribe these for these type of situations. You just need to take it about 30 minutes before a big meeting. I had the same problem very recently and it literally did the trick.

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100 percent do not Medicate to get through a job you hate. Have you considered the nonprofit field?

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Agreed, having to medicate is just not feasible long term. Love the work I do but potentially too introverted for the constant presentations despite it having been my life for the past 8 or so. Haven't heard of many strategists moving into much else except maybe academics or writing. Career path seems somewhat limited.

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I'm a clinical hypnotherapist, and this is something I've considered offering for a while, would love to see if enough people would be interested before I build out a program (in nyc to start). Hypnosis for presentation anxiety. Usually about three 1 hour sessions to be really effective. About $600 total for the three. Thoughts?

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I have the same issues. I've tried CBD oil but it hasn't been working all that much. And xanax just makes me sleepy, nor would I want to take that at work anyway. But I do want to find a solution, otherwise I have no idea how I'll continue to progress in my career, as SS1 mentioned.

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Job you hate? Medicate!

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Xanax for immediate need. Half whatever dose made you sleepy. Also restart your CBD regimen. Find meds for the long term, there are all kinds. Talk to your doc about which is best. Once you get it under control it loses its power over you. And then you can wean yourself off everything but the CBD. Don’t quit your job. If you let it beat you it’ll find some other way to torment you. I’ve been through this exact situation 7 years ago. Now I have no issue with anxiety in any work situation. Good luck to you. You can do this.

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Why do people here feel the need to tell this person how to cope (read: medicate) their anxiety? It’s very common for people at this point in their anxiety to have already tried the gamut of medicines and CBD and therapies. Hearing it suggested a thousand times over from strangers can be unsettling and frustrating.

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Leo1: ask for advice, get advice. How is anyone supposed to know what OP has already heard?

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Yep. For years. Helps, but never goes away.

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Have you tried Valium or CBD?

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Beta Blockers work quite well for me, personally wouldn't go for Valium. It's also a broader view of not wanting to have to take different meds to do my job properly. I have heard CBD could be a good option though.

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See someone about your social anxiety. it’ll only get worse if you don’t

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I don't have a solution but am in same boat so I relate. I realized regardless of any corporate role, the more you progress in your career, the more likely you are to have to present/client meetings so I feel my hands are tied in that aspect. I usually lean a bit more on my account/team - for the most part, having someone you trust in the room to support you helps and it is possible to not have to be client facing to a certain extent as a strategist and just be internal support. But it may not be sustainable or develop your career. Good luck and hope you find a solution.

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