3 Main Types of Anxiety-Related Procrastination
It's safe to say I've been a procrastinator for as long as I can remember. Before I learned about anxiety disorders, I always thought the single greatest driving factor behind procrastination was laziness. After discovering the truth about anxiety and procrastination, I now see the deeper meaning behind putting things off.
Anxiety and Procrastination: Types and Causes
There are three main types of anxiety-related procrastination. Each one brings added insight into the underlying causes behind your tendencies to postpone tasks for another time:
- Fear of failure
- Fear of success
In this video blog post, I dig deeper into the ways the three main types of anxiety related procrastination manifest in the mind. Perhaps you will find that your desire to put things off relates to a lot more than simply being lazy.
D'Aconti, A. (2013, December 6). 3 Main Types of Anxiety-Related Procrastination, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2013/12/3-main-types-of-anxiety-related-procrastination
Author: Anthony D'Aconti
It is impossible to make any type of diagnosis or recommendation in this format/setting, so the following is merely an idea that you might want to look into. Have you ever thought about the possibility of ADHD? The things you mention sound like some of the aspects of ADHD. That said, the symptoms of ADHD can occur in the context of both bipolar and anxiety disorders. When that's the case, a separate diagnosis of ADHD isn't made. The diagnosis isn't actually what's important. What might be worthwhile to look into is strategies for managing ADHD. Whether or not you have the actual disorder, the management strategies could help you with procrastination. Simple Google, library, and bookstore searches will give you a lot of information. HealthyPlace also has a wealth of ADHD information (you can go to www.healthyplace.com and find it in the Communities tab, or Google "ADHD healthyplace". (I'd just give you links, but I'm unable to grab links right now.) The key is to search for techniques that will help you. You just might find some that you love!
Thank you for your blog. I think my husband needs to listen to it. He is a highly intelligent man, who procrastinate and it is killing him, me our marriage.
He is aware of it and I think your blog will help him realize he needs to do something about it.
Anthony is no longer writing for HealthyPlace so is unable to respond to comments. At HealthyPlace, we strive to provide helpful information that people can use in their daily lives and in their relationships. I'm so glad that this was helpful and something that just might be good for your husband!