What is Exam/Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is more than feeling a little nervous before a test. For students who struggle with test anxiety, a bit of pre-exam nervousness turns into debilitating feelings of worry, dread, and fear, which can negatively impact performance.
The individual’s experiences before, during and after the exam are importent. Diagnosis of another mental illness may cause the problem.
Psychological disorders such as
- Social phobia,
- Generalized anxiety disorder,
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder,
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder,
- Depressive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;
are the possible disorders that accompany test anxiety. One of the main reasons for these disorders is distorted perceptions of the individual and their high standards.
In order to overcome the difficulties before the exam and during the exam, the individual who is experiencing exam anxiety should use cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy techniques and skills related to exam and study techniques to cope with anxiety. Also drug use is possible in the presence of another mental disorder, and when necessary,.