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Dealing with Mathematics anxiety

Recently there have been many cases of students ending their lives because of anxiety related to an impending paper. While test anxiety affects many students, the fear related to mathematics as a subject is alarming

Are you a student who gets anxious at the very thought of giving a maths test? Do you believe that you simply do not have a maths mind? Do you avoid activities or other classes that may involve maths? If anyone of these situations describes you, you may be suffering from Maths anxiety.

Maths anxiety is an intense emotional feeling of anxiety that people have about their ability to understand and do mathematics. People who suffer from maths anxiety feel that they are incapable of doing activities that involve maths. Maths anxiety is more of an emotional, rather than an intellectual problem. However, maths anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to learn maths and therefore results in an intellectual problem.

What causes maths anxiety?

There is not just one single cause of maths anxiety. It often results due to negative or embarrassing experiences of a student with maths or maths teacher in early classes. Such experience can leave a student believing they are deficient in maths in maths ability. The belief can actually lead to poor performance, which serves as confirming evidence to the student. It is not a reflection of a student’s true ability in maths. Therefore, there are a number of strategies that can be used to overcome mathematics anxiety.

1. Review and learn basic arithmetic principles and methods

Due to the early negative experience, many students do not really develop a foundation in basic arithmetic, particularly multiplications and fractions. As maths is an accumulative discipline, in which complex concepts are built cumulatively on more simple concepts, a student who has not developed a solid arithmetic foundation will have more trouble in learning higher maths. A short course in arithmetic is often a vital step in reducing mathematics anxiety.

2. Be aware of thoughts, feelings, and actions

Maths anxiety affects different people in different ways. It is hence very important to be fully aware of yourself and the situation when you encounter maths. If you are aware of irrational thoughts you can work to replace those thoughts with more positive and realistic ones.

3.Learn the vocabulary of Maths

One of the problem students has with maths in understanding the terms and vocabulary. Maths often uses words in a completely different way than they are used in other subjects. For example, the word factor.

4. Learn anxiety management techniques

5. Work on having a positive attitude about maths

6. Learn positive self-talk

Try to sit in the front where there are lesser distractions and if you have any questions, ask. Don’t be afraid to seek help from your teacher after class or during break hours. Read the textbook material before it is discussed in class and after the class is finished review the material covered. Finally, practice and rigorous review are the sure and safe way to excel in mathematics for any student.

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Early warning signs, myths and treatment of Schizophrenia

People usually misunderstand Schizophrenia as a rare and dangerous mental disorder. However, it is not the case.
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

A challenging disorder, Schizophrenia, often makes it difficult to distinguish between real and unreal, think clearly, relate to others and manage emotions. Suspecting that someone you love or yourself has schizophrenia can be stressful. However, that does not mean that there is no hope.

To start with you should be aware of the early symptoms of Schizophrenia. In teenagers, the symptoms of Schizophrenia are similar to those in adults but to recognize whether these are signs of Schizophrenia can be difficult, as many of these symptoms of Schizophrenia are common for typical development in teen years. Few of them are:

  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • A sudden drop in school performance
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depressed mood and irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Weird or strange behaviour

Teens are less likely to have delusions and more likely to have hallucinations, as compared to adults.

Here are a few common myths about Schizophrenia:

Myth: Schizophrenia is a “split personality” or multiple personalities disorder.

Fact: Multiple personality disorder is much less common than schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia are “split off” from reality, they do not have split personalities.

Myth: Schizophrenia is an uncommon condition.

Fact: Schizophrenia is not uncommon. The lifetime risk of developing schizophrenia is widely accepted to be around 1 in 100.

Myth: People having schizophrenia are dangerous.

Fact: Although the delusional thoughts and hallucinations of schizophrenia sometimes lead to violent behaviour, most people with schizophrenia are neither violent nor a danger to others.

Myth: People with schizophrenia can’t be helped.

Fact: While long-term treatment may be required, the outlook for schizophrenia is far from hopeless. When treated properly, many people with schizophrenia are able to enjoy fulfilling, productive lives.

Treatment of Schizophrenia

Most effective treatment of Schizophrenia involves a combination of therapy, medication, social support and lifestyle changes. There are, however, few self-care tips also which have proven to be effective.

  • Seek social support from friends and family
  • Manage stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drugs
  • Eat nutritious meals regularly

Remember that Schizophrenia requires treatment for a long-term, so one has to be patient to see positive results.

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