Performance and exam anxiety

Feeling tense and anxious are feelings that are normal when we are faced with events such as interviews, presentations or exams. The feelings we experience are associated with wanting to do well and have people think of us in a positive way. A degree of anticipation that causes nervous feelings is usual in many situations. There are times however when the anxiety we experience is extreme and causes us considerable distress or feels as though it has become unmanageable. Some of the effects experienced can include avoidance of situations, withdrawal from social gatherings, sweating or heart palpitations, feeling faint or dizzy, seizing up in the company of others or not achieving your desired goals.

Therapy for Social and Exam Anxiety
Therapy can help explore the underlying causes of the tension you experience and can help you to understand why you may be affected in this way. It offers the chance to think about the expectations you place on yourself as well as the expectations of others. The therapy can help you adapt to realistic opportunities and help you to develop the skills for a more positive self evaluation. The therapist will assist you in strengthening your inner sense of self, as well as offering strategies for coping more effectively with the challenges you face.

Benefits of Therapy for Anxiety can include:
  • Gaining clarity of how and why you are affected.
  • Awareness of perceptions and thoughts that trigger your response.
  • Assertiveness techniques for achieving your aims.
  • Develop strategies for coping.
  • Help to build internal resilience.

Possible Issues for therapy
  • High levels of stress and tension.
  • Being unable to start, finish, or follow through with things.
  • Avoidance of certain situations.
  • Feelings of despair or catastrophe.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or dejection.
  • Procrastination