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Why do I panic over things that I already know the answer to ?

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Last Updated: 01/15/2018 at 10:30pm
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Top Rated Answers
July 13th, 2015 9:25am
Either it is that you've had a bad experience in a previous exam or you're a perfectionist - anything less than an A grade is a failure.
January 13th, 2015 7:25pm
It is a natural human reaction to fear the things we do not know; sometimes though, even when we know the answer it can be just a difficult to handle, especially if it isn't the outcome you would like. A mantra that has helped me during these times is this- "Can I change it? Yes? Then I don't need to worry about it. Can I change it? No? Then I don't need to worry about it."
May 18th, 2015 7:36am
Maybe it is because you feel powerless and the frustration overwhelms you. Having no control is a very difficult thing to get over.
March 27th, 2017 8:04pm
Anxiety can change the way we think. Creating new pathways in the brain. When faced with the same or similar experience that pathway is used.
July 25th, 2017 9:25pm
Sometimes we can know things in our head, but not feel them or believe them in our heart. In our minds we can know something is true, but not want to accept it, or not feel it deeply because there is something else important going on in the background. It could be an unspoken competing belief, or it could be a desire to change the answer that we have in our minds. Either way, if you're panicking and things don't seem to make sense, it's worth asking yourself, "What is keeping me from having peace about this situation, since I already have an answer?"
January 15th, 2018 10:30pm
Even though something may be known it can still stress you out. For example a history finals exam, you may of studied really hard, and when you get into the room to take the test you have a panic attack, you know the answers but its still really stressful. Just because you know the answer doesn't mean it is not any less stressful.
May 22nd, 2015 5:04am
This may be a symptom of anxiety, if the stress is getting to hard you may need to seek help from a loved one or counsellor
June 5th, 2015 3:22pm
Because when you panic you are in a stage of fear. And you don't k ow what else too think about but the fear that you are scared of. For example someone could be scared of the pain in their head and even know its just a head ache or stress. The person will always think it is some kind of cancer or even tumor. When we panic we fear the most scariest thought we can imagine. Some people get scared of bugs or may heights because they fear just that situation. And others fear of getting sick or dying some people can calm down and others just go in a circle over and over again.
June 30th, 2015 12:26pm
They may remind you of a past situation when you felt nervous or scared. Take a few deep breaths 1st
June 30th, 2015 5:31pm
Because the brain has a funny way of over thinking and scaring us for no reason. It is like a game your brain likes to play on you even though it isn't funny.
July 7th, 2015 6:31pm
You know what is to come from your event, and because of this you feel powerless to control the outcome.
August 11th, 2015 12:37am
Sometimes we consume ourselves with "What ifs", very common. If this is your problem, try everytime you say what if this goes wrong, challenge it by saying "What if this goes right?" But continue to talk about it :) hope this helps
December 15th, 2015 2:15pm
Sometimes the more certain we are of something, the more doubt creeps in. We feel that we know something absolutely, and yet we're afraid there will be a negative reaction when we stand by it. It's difficult to feel you are right and have someone tell you that you are wrong.
January 25th, 2016 7:25pm
Because even if an individual already know what's going to eventually be the output...sometimes his brain is just not ready yet to accept the reality; to accept what's going to happen will definitely happen for better or for worse. What we can only do is accept this harsh reality and move on expecting that it was meant to happen and you can't change it. So better focus your mind on things you Can change. :)
January 26th, 2016 11:07pm
I panic altough I already know the answer because I always think something will change and the answer will be different, but it won't, nothing will change and mostly it ends up the way I tought it would, just wasn't willing to admit.
April 5th, 2016 1:11am
Its a human reaction. I panic often, when I know the answer, because im still not sure. to me, its still a maybe that could go either way until its set in stone
March 21st, 2017 4:22pm
It is human nature to panic, even if you already know the answer. Sometimes you go into the fight or flight, freeze reaction. It can be so easy to just freeze and not think rationally when you're worried.
January 1st, 2018 2:03am
Panicing over things is just apart of life. Things we can’t control we tend to worry about so just accept that you know the answer and continue on.