7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

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APPENDIX B
If You Need
Medical Help
I know from long experience that this Seven Step Program works. However, it's possible that your fear of speaking is rooted in a childhood trauma or another medical condition that is so deep-seated that additional help is necessary.Several of my students receive additional counseling or medical treatment while they are studying the Seven Step Program. Some are receiving medication. A family of drugs called beta-blockers has proven helpful to some. Beta-blockers reduce the physical symptoms of fear by reducing blood pressure and slowing the heartbeat.Do you need medication to overcome your fear of speaking? That's a question I can't answer here. But if you think you may need help beyond what this program offers, please do not delay in seeking it.If you think you need additional help and aren't sure where to go, here are some suggestions:
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a national, nonprofit partnership of consumers, researchers, and health care practitioners. Write to the ADAA at 11900 Parklawn Dr., Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20852. Call 301-231-9350. E-mail: Anxdis@aol.com. Web site: www.adaa.org.
Hollins Communications Research Institute (for problems with stuttering), P.O. Box 9737, Roanoke, VA 24020 (mailing

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