A smart intervention by a Pune doctor has helped a young professional in overcoming an anxiety disorder.
A man in his thirties used to fall unconscious while giving presentations, he was afraid of public speaking. While therapy and medicine cured his fear of social phobia to some extent, the doctor’s smart intervention helped him to overcome his performance anxiety.
Dr Pankaj Borade, consultant psychologist at Ruby Hall clinic in Pune, asked the man to remove his spectacles during his presentations, as this did not enable him to see the people in front of him. As he was not able to see the people’s reaction he eventually started doing his presentations without any fear.
Borade said, “The patient was an engineer and his profession needed him to make a lot of presentations. But the stage fright used to make him collapse on the spot and used to make him anxious. He had what is known as social anxiety disorder. I had asked him to speak alone loudly, then in the next step in front of family, then friends, so that he becomes confident. This helped him to reduce his social anxiety disorder.”
“With medication and therapy his social anxiety disorder reduced but his performance anxiety continued. He had short sightedness and he used to wear spectacles. I asked him not to wear them while presenting on stage. He did that and it worked. As, he could not see people’s reaction, he delivered his speeches confidently,” he said.
Along with medication and therapy, a small smart intervention helped the young man to overcome his performance anxiety, when asked about such interventions.
Dr Rohan Jahagirdar, consultant psychiatrist from Pune, said, “Anxiety is commonest disorder but many times we do not admit it. All those who are suffering from it try overcoming it by applying some smart interventions on their own. But, while applying such interventions people should see to it that they do not hamper their growth. If these little interventions are not helping then people should approach the doctor.”