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I am preparing to take my drivers test and my anxiety level has been so high I feel shaky, anxious, nauseous. How do l calm all these crazy feelings on the big day. ?

I am preparing to take my drivers test and my anxiety level has been so high I feel shaky, anxious, nauseous. How do l calm all these crazy feelings on the big day. ?

Visualization can: be a powerful tool. Use your various senses to create the experience in your mind-body. Start small and build up to the actual test. Baby steps are good. If you have time you can see a clinical psychologist for anxiety management or systematic desensitization. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How do you know if your add (or if you have test anxiety)?

How do you know if your add (or if you have test anxiety)?

Assessment: Children can be evaluated through the school system. Adults are often assessed for add by psychologists, psychiatrists or neuropsychologists. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a link between intelligence and test anxiety?

Is there a link between intelligence and test anxiety?

Unsure but...: I am unaware of, for example, research that demonstrates that smarter people have more or less test anxiety 'on average.' however, there is a law of performance in psychology that states that if you have insufficient or excessive anxiety, you will do not do as well as if you had possessed moderate, manageable anxiety. ...Read more

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What test will the doctors do to find out if I have test anxiety?

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What test will the doctors do to find out if I have test anxiety?

Anxiety: There are several anxiety scales such as hamilton scale, but the clinical interview is the most informative. ...Read more

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Prescribed 10 mg propranolol for test anxiety. Trying it out tomorrow to see how I'm affected.How long will the effects last/ when can I drive?

Prescribed 10 mg propranolol for test anxiety. Trying it out tomorrow to see how I'm affected.How long will the effects last/ when can I drive?

Propranolol 10mg: Hello~ this is a minute dose of beta - blocker and you wont feel any side effects. You can drive immediately after taking it. Besides, B blockers only make you tired and a tad drowsy in high dose. You'll be just fine on that dose! thanks ...Read more

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I have an overwhelming test anxiety. What can I do before I start high school'?

I have an overwhelming test anxiety. What can I do before I start high school'?

Seek help: I recommend seeking out a therapist or attending test anxiety seminars. The school district may offer such interventions or you may want to try your local university or college. ...Read more

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How can I get help dealing with test anxiety that is negatively impacting all my grades in college?

How can I get help dealing with test anxiety that is negatively impacting all my grades in college?

Test anxiety: If you have a learning disability, documented ADD or severe anxiety disorder, you may qualify for academic accommodations at your school. Look into educational support services at your college to see what is offered. A mental health professional at the student health center may help you better understand why you panic and under perform on tests. See: http://www.studygs.net/tstprp8.htm I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Propranolol (inderal) for test anxiety in kids?

Propranolol (inderal) for test  anxiety in kids?

I don't do this.: Some drs treat test anxiety w/ propanolol(inderal). I do not. This med is cognitively suppressive-esp if used episodically-so it can backfire. My experience is that there are better meds& methods. Also, I do not treat this anxiety only during testing. Whatever meds are used should be used routinely; otherwise, it is less effective. Plus, the patient needs to be acclimated well in advance of test. ...Read more

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What non-habit forming drug can alleviate chronic insomnia and school test anxiety?

Look beyond drugs: I think most of the time that using therapeutic techniques such as relaxation, cognitive therapies and stress management is often more helpful and long lasting than utilizing medications alone for treatment of insomnia and anxiety issues. Talk with a counselor at your school/university about getting some assistance with test anxiety issues. They can help. ...Read more

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I want to take OTC Gaba for mild test anxiety. Is it better to take before major test or let my natural adrenalin help push me to get through it?

I want to take OTC Gaba for mild test anxiety. Is it better to take before major test or let my natural adrenalin help push me to get through it?

It is better: not to take GABA. Not enough is known about it taken orally to predict its effects. Plus it is not thought to reach the brain to exert its effects. Let your natural hormones get you through the test. Much safer. ...Read more

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GP gave me Propranolol for test anxiety. How long before a presentation should I Propranolol to reduce anxiety? And is it ok to have a drink as well?

GP gave me Propranolol for test anxiety. How long before a presentation should I Propranolol to reduce anxiety? And is it ok to have a drink as well?

Beta blocker : Lowers flood of adrenaline to u'r cells so they don't get overstimulated. It may so be in conjunction with your thyroid disease. Propranolol will have a calming effect for you, but can cause fatigue and lightheadedness. Take it as prescribed but flow u'r blood pressure and heart rate and follow up with u'r doc to provide feedback for them so he/she knows how to proceed. ...Read more

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I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

Might not help too: And may flare up your asthma which may increase your anxiety. You are on Symbicrt, which contains a long acting beta agonist, which isn't a good combination with beta blockers, also your thyroid problem may be contributing to your anxiety. Confer with your psychiatrist/doctor and have a list of your medications for possible interactions/contraindications, other techniques may be helpful, goodluck ...Read more

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When I have an exam test at school i always forget everything I've learned blank out sweat dry mouth having panic attacks could I have test anxiety?

When I have an exam  test at school i always forget everything I've learned blank out sweat dry mouth having panic attacks could I have test anxiety?

Anxiety: Perspiration and dry mouth are both classic signs of anxiety, and test anxiety is very common here in the United States. In our public school system, a student can request an iep (individualized education plan) that will allow persons with test anxiety more time for tests, and often a quiet and private enviornment. Talk to your school administrator, and your doctor. No need to panic any more. ...Read more

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I suffer from test taking anxiety what can I do for this, my grades are beginning to slip.

I suffer from test taking anxiety what can I do for this, my grades are beginning to slip.

Managing anxiety:: The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. Find a mental health professional who treats anxiety or provides biofeedback training (www.Bcia.Org and www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more

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Is there a test for anxiety?

Is there a test for anxiety?

No: No, there is no actual blood or urine test for anxiety. Most of the times, anxiety is diagnosed by the history or symptoms of discomfort that people experience, and objective signs like an elevated heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, tremors, etc. In the context of a normal medical workup otherwise. ...Read more

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Can you test for anxiety? Like with an lp?

Can you test for anxiety?  Like with an lp?

Assessment no LP: Given that anxiety is a process rather than a discrete emotion, anxiety is best determined through an assessment by a trained, mental health professional (clinical interview and self report measures). If anxiety is chronic, a mental health professional can specify the type of anxiety disorder and determine best route of treatment (cbt or medication). No LP as in lumbar test. ...Read more

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I think I may have test taking anxiety, nearly every time I have a big test I feel queasy, really overwhelmed, my thoughts are scattered. Please help?

I think I may have test taking anxiety, nearly every time I have a big test I feel queasy, really overwhelmed, my thoughts are scattered. Please help?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I am having issues with test taking anxiety, tomorrow I do Med Admin Check offs. How do I combat anxiety and feelings of nausea?

I am having issues with test taking anxiety, tomorrow I do Med Admin Check offs. How do I combat anxiety and feelings of nausea?

Change Thinking: Tell yourself that anxiety is distressing but not dangerous. Accept you are going to feel anxious and that you are going to do well on test(provided of course you study). The more you can accept your feelings and face the test the better you'll be ...Read more

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Recently got tested for DAS test; stress & anxiety level are extremely severe. Been referred to psychologist next week,make me more nervous. Help?

Take a big breath.: Differential Ability Scales or depression/ anxiety/ stress test? Either way - it just helps to see what you are at. Relax - most people are a little anxious when they are about to do something they have never done before. Hopeful this will be a positive and beneficial experience for you. ...Read more

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I had BAD skipped beats & racing heart during continuous 48 hour recording. But the report was fine.. Is this False negative test or anxiety palps?

I had BAD skipped beats & racing heart during continuous 48 hour recording. But the report was fine.. Is this False negative test or anxiety palps?

Cardiac awareness: If you're having symptoms but the recording doesn't show them, then you have cardiac awareness. That's not a false negative. It's a true negative that proves that your symptoms don't correlate with actual irregularity of your heart. I see you take diltiazem. I've found that propranolol works better for this symptom. I usually start low: 40 mg a day, gradually titrate up till sx improve. ...Read more