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Feeling anxious about giving a class presentation, sitting exams, going on placement, and/or meeting new people takes the enjoyment out of them. Learn more about anxiety, how to overcome it, and enjoy new experiences.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to a concern that you may not have what it takes to do well in a situation. We all experience some anxiety in our lives at some time. But when the anxiety you feel is frequent, intense and stops you doing what you want to do, then it has become a problem for you. If left unmanaged, people with significant anxiety can become depressed or may resort to drugs and alcohol to reduce their anxious feelings.
If anxiety is a problem for you, you may do some of the following:
Feelings of anxiety come from within you, and so there is much you can do to reduce these feelings.
Your anxiety may be experienced in only a few situations, like giving presentations in class or during exams. Because during these times you are thinking about yourself and what others might be thinking about you, study can be affected as you don't concentrate on the work. A counsellor can help you learn ways to deal with anxiety in those situations so that you can get your best results.