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What to Do for Test Anxiety when You Have ADHD

29 Dec

Dear Belleruth,

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.

Adrian

Dear Adrian,

If you're looking specifically for more imagery by me, I'd recommend the new audio for Concentration, Focus & Learning (including ADD, ADHD and LD) and the one for Self-Confidence/Peak Performance.
 
If you're willing to branch out to other practitioners, there's a CD set by Shirley McNeal that specifically targets test anxiety, called Test Taking Mastery.  I think it's very good. You can find it on her web page here.

We carry other wonderful meditations that are relevant to concentration and performing well under pressure - by Martha Howard, Emmett Miller, David Illig... but I'd keep it simple and stick with those three, unless you're starting months in advance and would welcome more options, lest you get bored with just those.  If you only have a couple of months to prepare, though, those three should do it.

Hope this helps, and best of luck to you!

Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award