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College anxiety for new 53 year old student

Dec 13, 2018
I've had generalized anxiety for as long as I can remember. I've gotten along with the help of counseling, medication and introspection for most of my adult life. Next month, at 53, I'm going to start classes at community college. Long story short, this is my first attempt to further my education and my mind is racing with all the possible ways that I could fail. My husband, a less than empathetic, logic worshipping, die hard realist, chastises me when I express my self doubt and even though I know he means to build me up, I feel even more alone when he does so. I'm here for insights on how others have managed their anxiety both beginning school and throughout their education. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks.


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Aug 7, 2018
Hi and welcome phoenixblossom. I think what you're doing is great. I'm 65 and would much rather be going to college now when I'm aware of my anxiety and society is a bit more accepting than back in the 70's when I went. One suggestion would be to let each professor know that you have anxiety and that you don't know yet how that will effect your studies. They'll work with you on it.
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