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I have a compulsion to avoid anxiety inducing situations. Any suggestions?

I tend to avoid things to the point of it being counter productive. For example, I will avoid revision as it reminds me of an exam but then get more nervous as I've not prepared. This is really affecting my life so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated; thank you
Category: Social Anxiety 8 years ago
HRBowes
Asked 8 years ago

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I also tend to avoid situations that I feel will cause great anxiety. For example, being in a crowd of people can be so overwhelming that I spin out of control and have to get away. I've been experimenting with confronting this fear and slowly introducing myself to these type of situations. I'm just starting and after about 8 times there has been once where my anxiety level did not get to me. I figure if it can go down at all that is a good sign that maybe one day it will go away. In your example I see a blurry line between procrastination (revision) and anxiety (writing exam). I have done this in the past and the procrastination increases the anxiety...I would try to do the revision as the lesser of two evils because in the long run you will be less anxious in the situation (exam) than you will if you did not do the revision. Never give up.
BlackBusa
Answered 8 years ago
BlackBusa

Thank you so much for replying! I can empathise with you about that and I think that slow and steady will be the best way to go. The overwhelming sense of judgment is almost paralysing but I will try to take small steps like you have done. Do you think it'd be wise to tell my teachers about the situation? You keep strong also and keep positive; make steps and achieve. Thanks again.
HRBowes
Answered 8 years ago
HRBowes

You're very Welcome! Yes, it would be wise to speak with someone about your situation. Your teachers, or someone you consult should be able to have some good suggestions on how to approach things. Keep positive!
BlackBusa
Answered 8 years ago
BlackBusa

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I'm speaking to my christian youth worker at school tomorrow so that's a start! Thank you!
HRBowes
Answered 8 years ago
HRBowes

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