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Atelophobia and small mistakes - September 21st 2015, 01:49 PM

Oh god. I think I have Atelophobia! For those who don't know, Atelophobia is the fear of failing and not being good enough.

Now, I have a LOT of symptoms, I feel "detached" from myself, have a negative view on things before they actually happen, am EXTREMELY dissapointed after failling, I have constant fear about tests, I am jealous, angry and sad when people are better than I, I have the desire to quickly just leave te world for a moment, have a short breath, perspiration, sometimes nausea, constant restlessness, feel dizzy when I fail, and it goes so far to the point of actual panic attacks. Problem is, I make a LOT of small mistakes, and this combined with the Atelophobia thing makes it hard to cope with correcting myelf in class. Anyway to avoid small mistakes like writing a zero too much on maths or accidentally put -ed after an irregular verb?
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Re: Atelophobia and small mistakes - September 24th 2015, 10:28 AM

Hey there,

I'm really sorry to hear that you are having a hard time with anxiety. It's understandable that if you have had bad experiences of failure in the past, you will be more afraid of failure in the future, which will cause more anxiety.

It's important to remember that not all mistakes are 'failures'. It's good to make mistakes at times because it can help us learn from them.

From the symptoms you have described, it does sound like you experience anxiety and panic attacks (though, I'm not a professional). When you start to feel anxious, try taking a few deep breaths in and out for a while, until you start to feel more calm. Remember that mistakes, and even failures, don't define who you are- they are just learning experiences. You are a worthy person!

As it sounds like you are in school, have you talked to a teacher about how you feel? Or could you approach your school's guidance counsellor? It can help to talk about your feelings and get counselling, so that you don't let the anxiety take control.

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