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what do you do when you've reached the point where looking at your study notes for an exam fills you with so much dread and anxiety that you can't focus on it or retain anything you're reading?
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[User Picture]From: usnbfs
2012-04-18 12:01 am (UTC)

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have a panic attack
[User Picture]From: salamandertoast
2012-04-18 12:04 am (UTC)

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I avoid that problem by not studying

but if I were inclined to do such a thing, I would give myself a nice break, go for a walk, maybe get some ice cream, because working myself up into a panic isn't going to help the situation any, but ice cream probably will
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-04-18 12:05 am (UTC)

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That is when I go for a run. No really, that is the only thing that saves me. It is why I try to exercise at least four times a week.

Afterwards I go back and hopefully the idea of taking a exam doesnt scare me too much.
[User Picture]From: subitoburrito
2012-04-18 12:06 am (UTC)

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Completely agreed, exercise is an amazing way to get rid of stress - Going to the gym daily was the only way that I made it through grad school.
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-04-18 12:12 am (UTC)

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I second this. It works.
[User Picture]From: snooji
2012-04-18 01:18 am (UTC)

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I think I'm the only person for who exercise doesn't remove any stress. I want your stress removing ability! >:|
[User Picture]From: bigeyedphish
2012-04-18 12:07 am (UTC)

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take a break for a bit
[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2012-04-18 12:08 am (UTC)

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take a break and do something to take my mind off it. Then I give myself a mental pep talk and give it another go
[User Picture]From: witchbabywigg
2012-04-18 12:09 am (UTC)

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break time
[User Picture]From: siimpletwist
2012-04-18 12:10 am (UTC)

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Take a walk and come back to it after.
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-04-18 12:12 am (UTC)

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Sleep. Talk to friends. Try expend some nervous energy so I can go back to it with a fresh head.
[User Picture]From: gunshotbeauty
2012-04-18 12:13 am (UTC)

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give up and just try do the exam as best as you can. it's what i did when i had that going on.
[User Picture]From: sophiee
2012-04-18 12:20 am (UTC)

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for me? tbh i think back to when i took my last dose of adderall and what time it is now and if it's pushing 5-6 hours depending on what i've eaten, it probably explains my anxiety because for me, having my ADHD treated alleviates a ton of my anxiety issues and obviously the ADHD issues.

so from there i'd probably take another dose of adderall depending on the time of day and if i felt a sense of dread and anxiety, i'd try to figure out why and i guess try and basically steer my thinking back into a more rational thought pattern. and just whenever i catch myself going off into dreadful anxious land, steer back. i've had times with other things where i've had to do that.

if i had basically finished studying and it was nighttime, didn't need to do anything else and i could get at least 6-7 hours of rest/sleep before the test so whatever, i'd tap into my klonopin prescription just so i could relax.

minus pills? wine. wiiiine. and relax. and sleep, sleep is always good.

or if you need to keep studying, take a break, do something else and get your mind off of it. when you come back to it, try to figure out what's up with the feelings of dread and anxiety and work on steering your mind onto a different path like if you feel anxious and a lot of dread over it because you think you'll fail, tell yourself in your head that no, you won't fail. and sometimes if you need to, reasons why you won't fail or whatever. if that makes sense?

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[User Picture]From: anowyn
2012-04-18 12:21 am (UTC)

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I would open up a can of cider or pour a glass of wine and hop on Livejournal for a bit.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-04-18 01:32 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-04-18 01:31 am (UTC)

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Break down, im not sure what else im capable of doing at that point.
But as advice to others--take a break, focus on yourself and relaxing, take a hot bath, read a book for a while, etc...and then go back to studying when youve calmed down and taken care of you.
[User Picture]From: saccharin_smile
2012-04-18 02:27 am (UTC)

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Drink and/or watch TV.
[User Picture]From: ahiddenbird
2012-04-18 03:13 am (UTC)

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Every so often, this happened to me while I was in school. I would call my mom and dad and make them tell me they'd still love me if I failed the exam/class/flunked out of school completely, and that it didn't mean I was stupid. Hearing someone else say this was really comforting.

Other than that I find workouts help, or doing something mindless, like watching a movie and futzing around on LJ. Also, remember to take frequent breaks.