Psychological intervention on test anxiety

María Teresa Cuesta, Blanca Mas Hesse


The study was carried out on a patient suffering from severe anxiety during exam periods. This pattern was accompanied by a series of obsessive-compulsive tendencies that resulted in a mild chronic anxiety pattern, which is one of the characteristics of the general anxiety disorder this patient was diagnosed with after he was assessed. This had significantly affected his capacity to get involved in leisure activities. The use of cognitive therapy was proposed as a benchmark to test and verify the validity of the patient's beliefs, scanning from the accessible to the most rooted ones. The compensatory strategies used by the patient to ease these beliefs were discovered and the mechanisms that made them prevail were analyzed. The objectives for flexibility and therapeutic change are also described and include the following: Amend inadaptable beliefs related to an excessive dedication to study, Minimize the level of motivation to study and Reduce time devoted to study. These objectives were achieved throughout 28 treatment sessions. The patient is currently being monitored.


Anticipated anxiety; tolerance; motivation; confrontation



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