Test Anxiety, Learning
We got this query from a therapist looking for resources for ADHD. He didn't specify the age group he was working with, so we gave him a range of suggestions that covered all the bases. We also reminded him that recent research shows that any steady practice of mindfulness meditation has been found to help with this.
I am a clinical social worker in private practice. My question: do you offer a product that is specific for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
Ray M, LCSW
A professional woman who is good at her work but not so great at taking tests is now facing some high stakes performance demands, in the form of a written exam to qualify for her state boards. She wonders what her best mind-body options are - in the form of guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation – to help her relax and do her best.
I am preparing to sit for my written exams next month in order to pass my state boards. I love your guided imagery and wonder which one you recommend for soothing test and performance anxiety?
With a little help from some calming guided imagery, an exam-phobic social worker is able to comfortably take her state licensing exam and pass it with flying colors, after 6 previous failed attempts…
Here is what she wrote us:Dearest Everyone at Health Journeys,
Thanks to you all, I passed my LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) test, after SIX previous attempts!!!! I was able to practice seeing myself calming down, relaxing, and working in a focused manner. I was able to take my time and THINK. And instead of the panicky feeling, I became more and more confident as I took the test.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!
Marlene S., ACSW, LISW, LCSW :)
I am preparing for my certification test in Rehabilitation Counseling. I am ADHD and have some test anxiety. I have used several of your guided imagery CDs and want to know which one might be of most benefit to me in my preparation for this exam.
Investigators from the School of Medicine, University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary, looked into the mechanism whereby hypnosis boosts human learning.
It is known in a general way that learning and memory depend on different cognitive systems that are related to separate and distinct brain structures. These systems interact, not only in cooperative ways to optimize performance, but also sometimes in competitive ways.
Previous studies have shown that by reducing the engagement of frontal lobe-mediated explicit attentional processes, improved performance can result in striatum-related procedural learning.
I am a counselor and student advisor at a large community college. What imagery do you recommend for helping my students with test anxiety, concentration problems and attention deficit disorder? I want to be able to give them some empowerment tools. They are filled with worry and distress. They sleep badly, too. Any thoughts?
Question:I have a 16 yr old granddaughter who is frightened at night, can't sleep without a night light, and any small sound - even normal ones - causes her such anxiety, she has even asked her Dad to stay with her until she goes to sleep. This is fairly new. My son, her remarried father, & her mother have been divorced for several years - very "nasty". Her mother plays mind games with her and lays guilt trips on her to try to keep her away from her Dad. (Not just saying this because he is my son)This year she has finally gone to live with her Dad and stepmom. He has had to get tutoring because she tests at the 7th grade level, and her grades began to drop when she went into the 10th grade (the year her Dad moved out of state and was no longer close to help her with homework.)She is very smart and capable. I think she would benefit from Guided Imagery. Do you think your "Teen Tension Tamer Kit" would be the best for her, based on what little I have told you? I really value your opinion and feel that she really needs help. Thank you so muchLaura
Dear Health Journeys,
I am a law school administrator who has an interest in wellness. I would like to work with Ms. Naparstek on a guided meditation for a "Successful Bar Exam". According to recent stats, over 55,000 people pass a bar exam each year. I know when I took the bar exam 19 years ago, I had a lot of anxiety and I could have used a guided meditation.
I know there are general testing anxiety guided meditations on the market, but I really believe having a targeted Bar Exam one would be great.
Please let me know what you think.
(FYI, I used the Successful Surgery meditation for a recent surgery and I had a perfect surgery and recovery. Thank you.)
I think there are several titles I could suggest for your musician with performance anxiety. Let me try to differentiate them a little, to hopefully make your choice easier.
Mario is crippled by severe anxiety when it comes to even thinking about completing his dissertation. He wants to know what he can do.
I have many stories I could tell you about the success I have had using your guided meditations. Most recently, I recovered from heart surgery so quickly through listening to your meditations, that I went on a three mile hike 4 days after surgery with no problems! I'm happy to tell you more if you like.
But I'm writing for a different reason. I suffer from severe anxiety, and your meditations have helped tremendously. I am trying to finish a PhD dissertation in sociology and suffer tremendous performance anxiety - to the point I avoid my desk altogether for fear of panic attacks, etc.