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Academic Anxiety and the Long Term Effects

January 21, 2020

By Viinko

Academic Anxiety and the Long Term Effects

 Academic anxiety is a problem at any phase of life – it can impact sleep, diet, academic or social performance, and a range of other factors. Left unregulated, it can also impact a student’s long-term goals as well.

According to psychologist Richard Driscoll, people who have test or achievement anxiety are less likely to go into the higher fields of achievement, such as a business leader or head scientist. They’re scared, they feel they’re not worthy, that they can’t do it, that they’ll embarrass themselves. Unchecked, this negative mindset can cause the student to become an underachiever in later parts of life.

Similarly, clinical director Debra Kissen found that students with academic anxiety often avoid anxiety inducing situations because they doubt their own abilities, which can turn into a spiral of avoiding a test, avoiding a major, avoiding a career, and ultimately feeling depressed and lost about ones place in life.

Research in the Frontiers of Psychology found that if a student does nothing to self-correct after seeing a decrease in grades or academic achievement, it may alter their academic self-concept and cause them to disengage with school and have more negative long term feelings towards school.

The best way to combat the long term impact of academic anxiety is to address the problem quickly.

When students are given tools and support they can overcome the short and long term effects of academic anxiety and get their academic life back on the track to success. 

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