Exam anxiety

Like every other type of anxiety exam anxiety is a reaction to something that is perceived as fearful or stressful. Success or failure in an exam can be the difference between being able to pursue a chosen career path or having to give up on that dream and settling for something else. You may have the additional pressure of the expectations of family and friends. Exam anxiety has both physical and psychological effects. The body responds to this anxiety in exactly the same way as it would to physical danger by releasing the stress hormone adrenaline. Adrenaline causes the heart to beat faster, increases blood flow to the muscles, and increases blood sugar levels. This can all be very helpful if you need to run away from a dangerous animal, but is  unhelpful if what you actually need to do is to sit down to revise!

Just like other types of anxiety pattern test anxiety can quickly become a vicious circle: the anxiety makes it difficult to effectively prepare for the exam which in turn increases the anxiety, and so on. There is a lot of well intended advice available to people who find themselves in this situation. This includes advice about making a study plan and ensuring that you get adequate sleep and exercise and eat well. This is all good and sensible advice in as far as it goes but the fundamental problem for people who have exam anxiety is that their mind is trapped in an endless cycle of fear and worry which they find it impossible to break out of. For people with extreme exam anxiety this type of sensible advice is inadequate because it doesn’t address the root of the problem, which is psychological in nature.

The effectiveness of Brain Working Recursive Therapy for exam anxiety is its ability to interrupt that cycle of fear and worry and change your automatic response patterns to the thought of taking your exam. All that is required from you is to possess some idea of how you would like to be able to feel about taking your exam. Upon that basis I will guide you through the Brain Working Recursive Therapy process in order to remove the fear response that you currently experience and replace it with your desired alternative response. The process is repeated multiple times in quick succession in order to deeply install the new response. The process is extremely quick and can often be accomplished in as little as one or two sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer working as a therapist. However, I remain a student and supporter of BWRT - an excellent therapy with the power to help people to make personal changes swiftly and effectively. I am keeping this site live in order to help people to discover BWRT, and to share my thoughts and reflections about BWRT from time to time. To Find a therapist please visit the website of the Institute of Brainworking Recursive Therapy