Stage fright is a psychological condition experienced by people who have to face an audience for a performance. Experience by millions of professionals in the field of entertainment, sports, journalism and public speaking, stage fear or performance anxiety is often associated with the brain's neurological responses in the event of being the centre of attention. It is the fright aroused in an individual who has to present himself/herself in front of a crowd or a large number of people. Due to this anxiety, a person can exhibit common symptoms associated with stage fear such as – racing pulse, increased breathing, nervousness, worry and apprehension amongst other physical and emotional changes. Long term effects of recurring stage fright are – depression, denial, self-criticism, lack of motivation as well as introverted behaviour. In severe cases, stage fear can also develop into physical changes such as – improper digestion, reduced immunity, anorexia and difficulty in urinating.
Although it is common to experience the symptoms associated with stage fear, one should not ignore them and consult a mental trainer or a psychologist for overcoming stage fright before it becomes an overwhelming condition. If one feels nervous and anxious while facing an audience, it is better to start working on developing techniques to treat stage fright and beat performance anxiety.
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