procrastination?....or is it really anxiety?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 11/27/2006 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so I have always been a big procrastinator when it comes to doing school work.  I am in college so I always have homework to do.  Lately, I am starting to wonder if it isn't really anxiety.  Like today I had a paper to do and I felt like I didn't know what to write.  Rather than plug away at it, I avoided it the whole day.  I felt somewhat anxious and sort of nibbled on food the whole day.  The whole time I didn't do my paper I felt guilty about it. 
This sort of thing happens a lot.  If I have of chapters to read for school sometimes I will just avoid it.  I feel like I have so much to do that I get anxious over it and don't do anything at all.  I feel like I can't concentrate in my own home.  I sometimes have to force myself into a library in order to feel like I can study.  Does this sound like an anxiety issue.  What are the meds that people are on for anxiety?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/27/2006 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jade11
Apart from study and college..what is going on your life just now?
What do you do for sport, golf? Sometimes having recreation activitys can really clear the mind and help you study..
Have you thought about talking to a school counsellor about how you are feeling right now? - talking is good, and reaching out to others is excellent - well done.
Why don't you feel happy about studying at home - is there an issue there that could be sorted out? If going to the library helps you study - then just do it :)
The fact that you felt guilty because you didn't complete your paper is good in a way - because it shows that you do care and are looking for answers and help.
Do you have friends that you can study with?
The worst thing you can do is isolate yourself from friends - everyone probably feels the same at sometime during the year...
Try and find a balance between fun and study. I am sure you will be ok.
Take good care.

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   Posted 11/27/2006 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Great input Maree ..........
I totally agree with what you have said and I hope that yo can at least try some of the things posted
Keep us in the loop hun and let us know how you are doing
I believe it prolly is A/P related myself
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 11/27/2006 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
One of the most insightful things my shrink has told me was about anxiety and procrastination.

People with anxiety problems tend to be procrastinate, and this is because they are also perfectionist. This may sound counter-intuitive at least, since we may think perfectionistic people like to get things done as soon as they can. However, we as anxious people constantly feel that we are "not good enough" yet to get something done. We are "not ready" to do something that we would like to do perfect. We don't want to hastily get things done because we are anxious about the outcome, but at the same time don't feel we are prepared for it. Hence, we put it off til the last minute.

Anxiety has its roots in personal traits and understanding them is helpful in changing your attitudes and behaviour that will reduce anxiety levels.
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