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 Post subject: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:25 pm 
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luckily, i have some friends who are doctors.

one recommended propranolol for test anxiety....i guess many musicians or public speakers take it 45 mins before game time.

i got a prescrip. today to try it out.

has anyone tried this? side effects? gains?


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:32 pm 
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I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:36 pm 

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muddywaters wrote:
luckily, i have some friends who are doctors.

one recommended propranolol for test anxiety....i guess many musicians or public speakers take it 45 mins before game time.

i got a prescrip. today to try it out.

has anyone tried this? side effects? gains?

Please let me know how it works out for you. Pros and cons?

My bro-in-law wanted to prescribe that for me but I have a slow heart beat. It wouldnt be too good if it went to slow and stopped, now would it?


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:39 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.



Attorney = higher incidence of substance abuse.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:44 pm 

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Sounds potentially helpful but don't you think it might be useful to develop substance-free ways of managing stress since you are going to be under a lot of pressure once you actually get to law school?


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:48 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


If there were LSAT roids, I'd take them. Shrinkage and all.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:59 pm 
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CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


If there were LSAT roids, I'd take them. Shrinkage and all.


I have no doubt.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:03 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


If there were LSAT roids, I'd take them. Shrinkage and all.


I have no doubt.


Don't lie, you know you'd do it aswell. I'd run over my own mother to win the superbowl.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:07 pm 
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CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


If there were LSAT roids, I'd take them. Shrinkage and all.


I have no doubt.


Don't lie, you know you'd do it aswell. I'd run over my own mother to win the superbowl.


How big of score increase and how much shrinkage are we talking about here?


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:08 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


I'm alarmed at law schools at the LSAC that put an insane amount of pressure on this one test! Its all a numbers game now, the admissions people don't care what you did in undergrad, whether you had to work through school, whatever, its all about the damn LSAT.

If I have to take something to relieve anxiety because of these f------- well then so be it.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:08 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
Don't lie, you know you'd do it aswell. I'd run over my own mother to win the superbowl.


How big of score increase and how much shrinkage are we talking about here?


a guaranteed 180 and your balls will be the size of marbles.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:10 pm 
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CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
Don't lie, you know you'd do it aswell. I'd run over my own mother to win the superbowl.


How big of score increase and how much shrinkage are we talking about here?


a guaranteed 180 and your balls will be the size of marbles.


Tempting but no.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:11 pm 

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nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
Don't lie, you know you'd do it aswell. I'd run over my own mother to win the superbowl.


How big of score increase and how much shrinkage are we talking about here?


a guaranteed 180 and your balls will be the size of marbles.


Tempting but no.


You'd think about it.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:11 pm 
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kiwislug wrote:
Sounds potentially helpful but don't you think it might be useful to develop substance-free ways of managing stress since you are going to be under a lot of pressure once you actually get to law school?



have been in therapy for years for anxiety issues. this med is specifically taken for "physical manifestations of anxiety", ie: shaking, reading everywhere without focus, etc.

edit: i have been through a lot of stressful situation...i dont think LS will compete with the worst of them.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:13 pm 
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AmericanLawPsycho wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
I'm slightly alarmed by your propensity to try any drug that might help your perform better on the LSAT.


I'm alarmed at law schools at the LSAC that put an insane amount of pressure on this one test! Its all a numbers game now, the admissions people don't care what you did in undergrad, whether you had to work through school, whatever, its all about the damn LSAT.

If I have to take something to relieve anxiety because of these f------- well then so be it.



A-MEN.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:14 pm 

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muddywaters wrote:
kiwislug wrote:
Sounds potentially helpful but don't you think it might be useful to develop substance-free ways of managing stress since you are going to be under a lot of pressure once you actually get to law school?



have been in therapy for years for anxiety issues. this med is specifically taken for "physical manifestations of anxiety", ie: shaking, reading everywhere without focus, etc.

edit: i have been through a lot of stressful situation...i dont think LS will compete with the worst of them.


:( I'm sorry to hear that


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:15 pm 
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CastleRock wrote:
nathangimpel wrote:
Tempting but no.


You'd think about it.


I'd think about it but for the benefit of all my future lovers, I'd have to turn down the marble-balls.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:34 pm 
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it's all good...thank you though.

i think it will help. no replacement for studying though....which i am also doing plenty of.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:43 pm 

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muddywaters wrote:
it's all good...thank you though.

i think it will help. no replacement for studying though....which i am also doing plenty of.

Wait, so, did the propranolol work or no? I always start off my exams glaring at one question then going to the next one without finishing then going back. It takes some coupld of minutes for me to focus...


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:59 pm 

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i was prescribed propranolol for anxiety during job interviews and whatnot. It works but the effect isn't super dramatic (which is probably a good thing). No side affects at all...if you took it on a normal day when there wasn't anything to be nervous about you would not "feel" it like with other anti-anxiety drugs. It's basically a preventive mechanism (a beta blocker) which keeps surges of adrenaline from translating into outright panic attacks and heart palpitations. If you suffer from extreme anxiety i'd recommend taking it. I can't actually remember if i took it for either of my LSAT's though.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:00 pm 

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isaaca wrote:
muddywaters wrote:
it's all good...thank you though.

i think it will help. no replacement for studying though....which i am also doing plenty of.

Wait, so, did the propranolol work or no? I always start off my exams glaring at one question then going to the next one without finishing then going back. It takes some coupld of minutes for me to focus...


propranolol won't fix this.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:42 pm 
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havent taken it yet. will take it this weekend for a PT.

i agree though, isaac, it will not work for your issue. it is for physical issues associated with anxiety, not really concentration.

try some gingko.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:48 pm 

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Just take some adderall and snort a line of coke and you'll be good. No dont do that, but seriously.. I was prescribed concerta for focus issues because I'm ADHD... and I swear to god, I do better without the damn things now that I learned the test. Just be confident in your ability and you shouldn't need any boosters.


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:26 pm 

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muddywaters wrote:
havent taken it yet. will take it this weekend for a PT.

i agree though, isaac, it will not work for your issue. it is for physical issues associated with anxiety, not really concentration.

try some gingko.

oh, okay. So biting nails and fidgeting feet is not a physical issue?


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 Post subject: Re: propranolol for test anxiety
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:29 pm 
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biting nails - not so much.

it is more about your heart racing, feeling super anxious, etc. does this happen to you? does it affect how clearly you read/remember things?


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