What is this thing with beta blockers? I've had writers tell me they take them to calm their anxiety about appearing in public.
I take beta blockers. I take them twice a day--and have been doing so for over ten years for medical reasons. I wish I didn't have to take them because I don't like the side effects. However, since I take them, I can tell you in no uncertain terms that beta blockers have never ever EVER reduced my anxiety (when I'm anxious), nor kept me from perspiring in an embarrassing way (if I'm embarrassed enough to be perspiring).
Taking beta blockers only slows down your heartbeat. If you are truly anxious, slowing down your heartbeat does not affect your anxiety. Why would it?
Anxiety does not comefrom the heart. The notion that the heart is the seat of the emotions was debunked some while ago.
Or are writers so suggestible that they believe slowing down their heartbeat will make them less nervous? Huh.
Here's a link to the article in The Atlantic.