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Old 11-02-2011  
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I was wondering if anyone here knew if anxiety disorders can make it hard for a person to intake information and stay attentive. Ever since I was a small child I'd always have a hard time in taking information in a class room setting.
I think it goes along with me having neurotic perfectionist tendencies and afraid of making mistake, afraid of falling behind and sheer utter panic and frustration.

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Hey, it affected mine greatly, in grade 9 i hardly went to school aswell grade 10 and now i'm here today not in school but going next year
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For me my anxiety makes all situations personal. What I mean by that is that I become very self conscious and self reflecting (ie. people are looking at me, is this person laughing at me?, i came into class a little late, did the lecture notice? etc) So automatically focusing on the work at hand becomes difficult. I tend to pick up little bites of information rather than being totally immersed with what is being said.

By and large I got away with it by having a good rote memory, which made it easy to remember theory and written work, without really having a great understanding of it. Much more difficult subjects like physics, calculus, civil engineering equations - I had no chance really. Those subjects need concentration and practice. I was so stressed out in uni that that became impossible and hence i had to give it up :(

Yes I panic too, and ironically wanting to be perfect and thus not failing actually lead me to failure it is important to keep your anxiety under control. The best thing (although it is not easy for us anxious types) is to convince yourself that learning is not a challenge but a gift really. just imagine how dull your life would be without knowing the things you know, and how it helps you to think of more things than just yourself.
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It's no wonder. Since anxiety does a lot to your brain, i saw a brain scan yesterday, my therapist showed it. it's really doing you a lot of trouble, not dangerous, don't worry, just a lot of stress and less concentration. your body produces a lot of adrenaline and weird symptoms like always in flight mode and wanting to running away.

Normal system = Only warns you when it is neccesary. we feel this EVERYDAY.

So, that is a real interesting thing. Our body process is different. That's why I love reading so much and want to know more about this medical research. If there is a cure for this amygdala problem and process in the body , too much anxiety.

when you stay away from certain things, your brain confirms that its something to fear, so face your fears, so your subconcious mind gets used to it

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It's no wonder. Since anxiety does a lot to your brain, i saw a brain scan yesterday, my therapist showed it. it's really doing you a lot of trouble, not dangerous, don't worry, just a lot of stress and less concentration. your body produces a lot of adrenaline and weird symptoms like always in flight mode and wanting to running away.

Normal system = Only warns you when it is neccesary. we feel this EVERYDAY.

So, that is a real interesting thing. Our body process is different. That's why I love reading so much and want to know more about this medical research. If there is a cure for this amygdala problem and process in the body , too much anxiety.
I hear what your saying, I used to think I had a learning disability of some sort or at the very least inattentive ADD symptoms. Its so true how much my concentration is affected and I do feel panic when I dont absorb information at a normal pace. I also get very forgetful when Im working by myself but when Im working with a tutor or parent or teacher I`m great.

We need our education system to be more aware of the possibilities of anxiety disorders in children, it almost ruined my life.

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I was diagnosed ADD I did the test before I knew had anxiety because I couldn't concentrate on anything in school, staring at my books the whole day long without learning a single thing...-_-
Now I know that I was misdiagnosed and the anxiety caused my concentration to drop to zero
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I can relate. I had a tough time staying focused in school. I was smart and did pretty well but I always took so long to get my work done because I'm a perfectionist too. Even in elementary school, I always felt like I had so much more homework than anybody else because it took so much effort to do well and I wouldn't settle for average grades. By high school I was getting pretty stressed out. I never got enough sleep. I was taking some AP classes which was good in a sense because it was nice to be in classes with intelligent people instead of all the schmucks who never gave a damn. The crappy thing was that it was more work than I could handle. I managed to do fairly well but it was a struggle and I had to work my *** off. Some of the other students in my classes seemed to breeze through everything. During university my grades started slipping. For the first two or three years I was mostly getting As and Bs, but still, it took a lot of effort to get there. But the work got harder and once you start slipping it's difficult to get back on track. I wasn't fully understanding things, and then it became difficult to move onto other courses when I struggled with the prerequisites. I started getting a lot more Cs and it got to a point where I was just glad to pass. But I was so disappointed with myself. I really wanted to do well and I believe I had the intellectual capacity to do much better than I did. But anxiety got in the way. I hardly got any sleep. I was constantly doing homework and not really getting anywhere. Sometimes I would just stare at my books, unable to concentrate. Sometimes I would get stuck on a problem and then waste time because I was too stubborn to move onto another. I was too shy and too stubborn to see my profs for help. I just wanted to figure it out on my own. I didn't really know anybody in my classes so I had no one to study with. School just got increasingly more difficult and I couldn't retain information anymore. I had absolutely no balance in life. No time to see friends. When I wasn't at work or doing school work I just wanted to sleep and relax. It was only towards the end of my schooling that I finally realized I was anxious and depressed. All that time I had just thought I was tired and stressed out. Turns out it was a much more complicated situation. But it was too late by the time I figured that out.

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I always had ADD, but for sure SP/SA can affect learning. Being too afraid to ask questions, group work is intimidating and you can't focus on anything but how terrible you feel just being around others. The feeling that everyone is watching you and judging your every move. Defenetly makes it hard to learn, specially when you got other students poking fun at your being shy/quiet.

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By and large I got away with it by having a good rote memory
I'm the opposite, I'm terrible at rote learning, but good at maths and physics. In exams I figured it all out from first principles. I'm a generalist.

And I would repeatedly tune out of lectures. I don't process audio well. I do much better with visual material, and better still working things out myself.

You may need to find what style of learning works best for you. Different styles suit different temperaments. Educationalists are much more aware of this than they used to be, so it maybe something you can work on with your teachers.
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having neurotic perfectionist tendencies
I'm a neurotic perfectionist. For me, this didn't take its toll til working life, but my brother was so afraid of turning in imperfect essays, he'd turn in nothing at all and kept failing his courses. (He got over it and now has first class honours.)
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