About Examination Anxiety:

Examination Anxiety is a combination of physiological stimulation, tension and physical symptoms, along with worry, dread, fear of failure, and view or presents a situation as considerably worse than it actually is that occur before or during Examination.

It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before exams. This type of Examination Anxiety creates significant barriers to learning and performance. High levels of emotional distress have a direct relation to the reduction of academic performance and higher overall student dropout rates. Examination Anxiety can have broader consequences, negatively affecting a student’s social, emotional and behavioral development, as well as their feelings about themselves and school.

There are many cases of suicides in schools and colleges due to Examination anxiety. There are many more cases which are taking place in metropolitan cities especially like Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida.

Causes of Examination Anxiety

  • Fear of failure– While the pressure to perform can act as a motivator, it can also be highly destructive or damaging to individuals who tie their self-worth to the outcome of exams.
  • Lack of preparation-Last minute studying or not studying at all can leave individuals feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
  • Poor exam history-Previous problems or bad experiences with exam taking can lead to a negative mindset and influence performance on future tests.

Symptoms Of Examination Anxiety

These are some of the major examination anxiety symptoms:

Physical symptoms-Headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, increase in heartbeat, lightheadedness and feeling faint can all occur. Examination anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack.

  • Emotional symptoms-Feeling of anger, fear, helplessness, and disappointment are common emotional responses to examination anxiety.
  • Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms-Difficulty in concentration, having negative thoughts and comparing yourself to others are common symptoms of test examination anxiety.

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