Test Anxiety & Depression and what to do about it!

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School can be really hard. Tests and exams don’t make it easier, as they can be the cause for massive amount of anxiety and stress. When these things go on for extended periods of time and are not resolved, they can lead to other things as well, including depression.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides several signs to look for when you are feeling especially anxious, stressed, or depressed: Fear of failure. While the pressure to perform can act as a motivator, it can also be devastating to individuals who tie their self-worth to the outcome of a test. Lack of preparation. Waiting until the last minute or not studying at all can leave individuals feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Poor test history. Previous problems or bad experiences with test-taking can lead to a negative mindset and influence performance on future tests.

These can all be signals that you have severe test anxiety or even depression, so what solutions or treatments exist?
1st and foremost, if you believe you may be suffering from severe anxiety or depression, immediately seek the help of a professional counselor. Most schools and universities have counselors for this very purpose. Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin of Mayo Hospital suggests:
Talk therapy (psychotherapy) with a psychologist or other mental health provider can help you work through feelings, thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen anxiety. Ask if your school has counseling services or ask if your employer offers counseling through an employee assistance program.

Einstein school of medicine suggests paying attention to how you treat yourself when you are stressed. Many times we can be extra hard on ourselves when we are tired, frustrated, and anxious. Self-hate can quickly lead to even more stress and lower self esteem.

   Change: your self-talk
   Change: I can’t do it to  I can do it!  (by preparing for the exam 
           better, you’re more likely to belief this!)
   Change: I ’m stupid to I’m smart.  (using study guides or learning 
           strategies can make this a reality)
   Change: I  don’t know to I do know.  (being confident can help change 
           your emotional AND mental state)

Just remember, depression and severe anxiety are not to be messed with, if you think you are struggling with one or both of these, don’t ignore it, treat it.

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Test Anxiety can impact everything in you life. It can even be linked to depression. Depression is nothing to ignore, if you believe you are depressed, seek help. This video discusses how test anxiety can be related to depression in students.


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