Constant feeling that people are observing and judging makes a person to change his or her behavior. This often brings a person even to more awkward situation, especially, when it seems that people have noticed this change. The interesting fact is that approximately 7% of Americans suffer from some degree of social anxiety (web). There are many symptoms of social anxiety, which would be hard to list, but the most severe are panic attacks. An individual starts to panic, while he or she supposes that something in his or her social contact went wrong and this can result the loss of control, lack of faith in own abilities and a drive to escape somewhere.
Sometimes a person can get very confused without knowing what to do next. A person who suffers from this disorder may loose own identity or just may be afraid to show it. Social anxiety influences the performance of a person. Social anxiety not only influences the understanding of material, but also directly enables a person to some extent to receive new knowledge. Therefore, if new skills and knowledge are not acquired, a person lacking vital material becomes nervous during different group projects and class participations, which are aimed for practicing and using the material or skill in order to improve the knowledge of a subject. Therefore, a person simply does not acquire good knowledge.
Moreover, during exam the person suffering from social anxiety starts to panic and eventually picks incorrect answers due to the lack of knowledge and concentration. Final grade in the majority of cases depends mainly on exams, tests, group projects, and essays. Eventually, a student suffering from social anxiety will have low grades in all these assignments, which will result into overall poor final grade. If to take into account that in order to receive a degree there is a minimum GPA level, which consists of all final grades, then simply all the failures of a student in each small assignment will result into low GPA, which was needed to prove.
Therefore, social anxiety directly influences academic performance. Besides, the higher is social anxiety the lover academic performance will be. ADHD is also quite common psychological disorder among students. For instance, children with ADHD have been shown to have more specific deficits in their ability to participate, cooperate, and communicate with peers (Fredrick & O lmi, 1994).
Among preschoolers with ADHD, social cooperation skills seem to be the largest deficit area (Merrell & Wolfe, 1998), whereas ADHD children with co morbid learning disabilities have difficulty perceiving nonverbal cues (Hall, Peterson, Webster, Bolen, & Brown, 1999). Academic performance is tightly related with study skills. In many cases a student might possess good skills and is supposed to have good grades, however, due to psychological disorders might have trouble with motivation. Perhaps the most prevalent or at least the most researched form of procrastination is academic procrastination. Over 70% of college students may procrastinate (Ellis and Klaus 1977). Students tend to procrastinate more in writing tasks than in examination study, and least in administrative tasks (Solomon and Roth blum 1984).
The protection of self-esteem leads to procrastination. A student starts claiming that some negative aspect in education is not failure in own abilities, but rather it is because of lack of trying. For some students it is possible to become addicted to completion of tasks at the last minute. The stress and sleep deprivation are obtained in rush situations, but also an ego boost from successful completion of the task. Often this is followed by post-completion relief; partying, dis inhibitory behavior, alcohol or drugs.
This becomes a vicious cycle of concomitant substance abuse (Ferrari 1995). In all cases, procrastination causes anxiety, affects their grades and their life, and sometimes can even lead toward development of new emotional disorders.