Do i have anxiety or something else?Watch
If youre worried about exams, find somebody to talk to - saying how you feel and getting it out there helps in a lot of situations, but most importantly remember theres nothing wrong with worrying, its just not allowing it to take over thats the important part
Failure is a difficult one, it is true that it can be a very common preoccupation with anxiety. However that's one everyone has to deal with.
A related idea are things called thinking styles which include black or white thinking and catastrophising. These are ones that people with anxiety are less willing to talk about in public, such as the view that I'm either going to do well on my GCSEs which then means I'll do well at A-levels and then get into med school and become a brilliant doctor or I won't quite get what I was hoping for in GCSEs and I'll not get into sixth form and I'll never get a job, get a girlfriend, live with my parents forever and be unhappy. Or getting the bus to the exam so I have to set off two hours early so that the bus doesn't come early, then the next one comes late, then breaks down, so I have to walk to the exam and then I find I haven't brought my identification and pencil case and I have to walk back and am late for the exam and I just miss the half an hour late rule, so am excluded from the exam and fail. These repeat over and over again. They might crop up in all areas of your life from time to time when you get stressed.
Exams/interviews/public speaking are classics that give big stress reactions to a very large portion of the population. The US calls it 'performance anxiety'.
Examples of things that sound more exam type anxiety are someone has done 20 GCSE exams, they have done 18 A-level exams and however many times they do it, even if they get 90% everytime, however confident they are each time a new exam comes up they get gut wrenching pains in their stomach, feel queesy and dizzy, light panic attacks, so worried they can't sleep a few days before an exam. Think their life is over, very negative talk, they don't deserve to do well and then the exam is over they then spend the next few weeks worrying constantly about the results, rather than the few days before. They then ring up uni to tell them they want to take a gap year, not because they want to take a gap year, but because the just can't hack the idea of going.
The problem with googling stuff is that the stuff on google doesn't really get across the similarities between different anxiety disorders. A lot of people have panic attacks and have no idea, or rather unhelpfully are sometimes told by people with panic attacks who have them that they don't have panic attacks as they aren't exactly the same as the other person's.
Whether you have anxiety or not, look after yourself and talk to other people.