05 May 2010

Conquering Exam Anxiety Without Medication

Everyone's experienced anxiety. Anxiety is the physical and emotion response humans experience when we're in a distressing situation. Some anxiety is normal in certain situations; in fact, a little of it can keep us alert and on our toes, like on a first date or when driving in a heavy rainstorm.

In 2000, Ron Glassman, a health educator and behaviorist from Mountainside, NJ, began experimenting with drug-free ways to reduce anxiety during exams and other anxiety-producing situations. Ten years later, his work is getting recognition. He has been asked to speak at the likes of the US Food & Drug Administration, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and scores of other facilities around the nation. The technique he developed is called The Neuro Immersion Method TM.

The Neuro Immersion Method is drug-free and does not cause negative side-effects. Research over the past decade shows that 92% of people who use it for exam anxiety experience complete elimination of their symptoms. The remaining 8%, experience a significant reduction in anxiety. Over 700 teens and adults have used The Neuro Immersion Method for exam anxiety just in the last few years.

When anxiety overwhelms, it fogs thinking and takes away from the ability to focus on the tasks at hand. Approximately 25% of people become overwhelmed by anxiety in specific situations. Taking an important exam is one of them. Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety during an exam can compromise your score, or worse, lead to failure.

While the most common approach in the US to reducing exam anxiety is medication, problems can arise. Many anti-anxiety medications can cause side-effects like drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. Such side-effects are the last thing a person would want when taking an important test or exam. Rather than producing side-effects, the drug-free Neuro-Immersion Method simply produces results.

About Ron Glassman

Ron was born and raised in Passaic, NJ. A former adjunct instructor at NYU as well as several colleges in New Jersey, he's been a keynote speaker at many corporations, government agencies, universities and civic groups. In 2005, he was named Researcher of the Year, in part, for developing The Neuro Immersion Method. Ron was educated at Rutgers, Columbia and the world renowned Harvard-Mass General Hospital Mind Body Institute. Ron is available for interviews by emailing press ( @ ) controlexamanxiety dot com or by calling 201-871-7026



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31 March 2010

A Quick Way to Relief from Anxiety

Today I'm going to tell you about a little trick you can use to take the edge off your anxiety, it only takes minutes to do... When you are feeling anxious your mind usually thinks forward into the future and begins worrying about what *could* happen. What follows is a sequence of thoughts where you become over focused on the worst case scenario happening. It's this very thinking that causes a lot of anxiety, creating those feelings of dread, fear and nagging tension

To counter act this some therapists have their anxiety suffering patients work out the percentage chance of that worst case scenario happening, and then use logic to try and counter act anxiety. Trying to counter act emotion with logic isn't ideal. It's the reason why men (more logical thinkers) and women (more emotional thinkers) who are in close relationships often argue.

Instead of using logic, try and switch your focus and feed your brain alternative scenarios to work with. Your brain reacts to imagined images as if they were real. This is why you feel fear when you think about possible worst case scenarios, even if it's probably never going happen! But the good news is your brain also reacts to positive images in the opposite way, causing the body and brain to relax, which directly counters stress, worry and anxiety. To do this, grab a pen and paper

First write down the worst possible outcome of the thing you are worrying about. Then write the best possible outcome. Finally write down the probable outcome, the most likely outcome that will happen. You only need write a sentence or two for each. For example, if you are worried about an upcoming presentation you have to make, you might write:
1. Worst Possible Outcome: I totally mess up and make an idiot of myself, everyone laughs at me.

2. Best Possible Outcome: I surprise my self with a flawless performance, there is rapturous applause and praise after.

3. Likely Outcome: I will do the presentation, maybe make or two small errors which nobody will care about, and I'll get through it just fine and wonder why I worried so much! Now every time you start worrying about that topic again, spend a couple of minutes imagining outcomes 2 and 3

If it helps, close your eyes and picture the scene as if it were a movie unfolding before your eyes. This will help stem anxiety as positive and negative emotions can only exist one at a time, so not only does this tip prevent the build up of anxiety but also creates a sense of relaxation and calm. Spend most of this time imagining the best possible outcome

Of course this trick shouldn't be used to avoid working out solutions to worries. But for worries which are out of your hands and you've done your best to prepare or work out solutions for, then this is quite a handy little trick. If you feel like stress and worry dominates your every waking minute (or keeps you tossing and turning at night) then be sure to check out my complete anxiety solution here... "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." ~ Glenn Turner

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