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A while back, I commented in bean_dame's journal that I tried pot a few times many years ago, but it never did anything for me. In particular, it didn't make me less anxious, more creative, able to figure out things more easily, or anything like that.

Anyway, earlier today at work I was having some trouble figuring out how to do something. I had to think really slowly through the problem. It was adding to my anxiety from earlier in the day, when I found out that I had misunderstood some things that were discussed at a meeting about my current project. Eventually I was able to get a little bit done, so I feel somewhat relieved. But I'm concerned that this delay in progress is going to wipe out all of the good things I've done so far.

So I was thinking, would I take drugs in order to perform better in such situations? Probably not. In general, I'm averse to things that might be addictive. (I don't even like to take drugs when I'm sick. OTOH, I take vitamins religiously. Go figure.) Also, I'm concerned about possible side effects. What if it made me "quicker" mentally, but did something to my reflexes that caused me to have a car accident? Or what would I do if I developed a dependence on the drug, but couldn't get it, and wound up even worse off than before?


Jan. 28th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
I know of the use of beta-blockers as a musical performance aid, but I've never heard of it used for something like improving the ability to solve a puzzle or a logic problem.
Feb. 5th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
I was given them to aid with job interviews.
Feb. 5th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
I was given them to aid with job interviews.

This could be helpful as I had trouble with job interviews (especially the Google type).

Were you prescribed the beta-blockers by a doctor? Did you specifically ask for beta-blockers or did you just ask if your doctor could prescribe something for nervousness, anxiety, etc.? Were they helpful? Did you notice any negative side-effects?

What I've heard and read about the use of beta-blockers in the music industry tends to make me cautious of them, but I'd like to gather more information regardless.
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
My psych offered them up (as in he knows I'm healthy with good blood pressure) when I said I was going to be interviewing and was nervous about it. I didn't have to ask.

But yes, you should be able to ask your doc for a scrip for some (I had propranol) and they will take the edge off. However, as you may remember, I have sort of a flat emotional response to start with. The beta blockers turn me into a robot – and in some job interview situations, that's very bad.

Other big side-effect: they'll give you a limp willy for a week (plus or minus) afterwards. Plan your social life accordingly.

Some job interview situations are designed to make the candidate nervous! If they can't, they wonder WTF is wrong with you.
Feb. 7th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Hmmm, well, not that I have much social (romantic) life these days, but that's not a price I'd be willing to pay right now.

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