Should I talk to my Professors about my anxiety?
September 22, 2010 11:56 AM Subscribe
Should I talk to my Professors about my anxiety? Or do I continue to suffer quietly and underperform?
posted by anonymous to human relations (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Senior year started around 3 weeks ago, and I'm finishing up my Bachelor's degree in Engineering. I'm taking a few courses and doing a senior design project. Since school has started I've been unmotivated, stressed and depressed. As of this week, I’m fairly sure I’m having anxiety attacks. I feel tightness in my head, my heart is constantly racing, and it feels like it might explode. I feel lonely, and scared, and I don’t even know why. There are a lot of issues I'm dealing with right now that are too long to get into. I’m female, in case that matters, and going to a university in the US.
I will be getting in touch with the counseling center of my university tomorrow, and will hopefully meet with the psychologist there. However, my anxiety (or whatever it is that I’m going through) is really affecting my ability and performance in this design project (as well as my courses, but that is not what this question is about). I'm working with 2 Professors and a few other students in this design project. We are evaluated on a weekly basis and are given a list of tasks to accomplish each week. I've been underperforming and my Professors can tell. Their feedback has been along the lines of "your work quality is crap" (which is true). I’m considered one of the stronger students in my department and have had a great reputation. I’ve worked with both Professors on projects in the past and have gotten As in all of the courses I’ve taken with them. I love school, I love my department and my major, and I’m a hard worked. I’ve been a straight-A student for the past 2 years. However, at the moment I'm finding it hard to even think about schoolwork.
After I talk to the school psychologist, should I talk to my Professors? Should I mention anything? Does it even matter that I'm going through a really tough time right now? I can't quit my design project, it's a graduation requirement and it's a yearlong gig, and I have to graduate this year (can't postpone graduation due to monetary issues). But I'm not sure how talking to my Professors will help. They can't treat me differently than the other students in my group (and I don't expect them to). I'm not looking for sympathy. Or maybe I am, I'm not sure. My gut has been telling me to go talk to them but I’m not sure why, or if I should.
So, what do I do? Should I talk to my Professors? If so, what do I say? Does it even matter? For clarification, I'm talking about the Professors I'm working on this design project with (which is extremely important in my university), not the Professors for my courses. I'm not too worried about my performance in my courses at the moment.
Thanks for any advice and I'm sorry for my incoherency... I'm pretty sure I'm having some form of an anxiety attack as I'm writing this.