Stage Fright is a neurological condition that stems from the vulnerability of exposing oneself on a stage to an audience. It is also referred to as performance anxiety and can happen to anybody who has to make a public appearance. More than 80% of the people in the world have experienced stage fear in some form or the other. While everyone has different reactions to performance anxiety, the most common symptoms include – sweaty palms, rapid breathing, trembling limbs, nausea and vision changes. Some people tend to experience extreme symptoms like stress and depression.
Although performance anxiety stems from our body's natural mechanism of reacting to an external stimulus in terms of excitement or fear, the individual who experiences stage fear overthinks of negative thoughts and judgement from people watching him/her. All of this leads the brain to think of negative consequences and emotional responses. Dry mouth, facial tics and a pounding heart are additional symptoms related with fright of facing people. Although it is natural for anyone to exhibit performance anxiety, if one is in the profession of constantly dealing with people, it is advisable to consult a physio or a mental trainer for overcoming stage fright.