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Exam Anxiety

Having stress or anxiety due to exams are known as exam anxiety. Having excess pressure against exams affects the performance of a person. The symptoms are excessive sweating, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and shortness of breath. It is managed by following specific strategies. Learning previously, establishing a consistent pretest routine, following some relaxation techniques, and exercising can help overcome stress and anxiety due to exams.

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How to approach my exam anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am tensed about my board exams that are approaching. I have much fear and stress. I can understand whatever my teacher teaches. But after some time, I forget everything. I can understand my theoretical questions. But I am unable to express them in words.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You lack confidence and self-esteem. Do not get stressed. It is one of the exams you are going to approach. You should make a schedule for your reading. You need frequent revision to remember. Do lots of practice that will help you to build confidence. Spend time for some...  Read Full »

Is it okay to take antidepressants during an exam?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. Today I finally got the courage to talk to my doctor about the stress obsessive thoughts, and the physical harm it does to me. I got an appointment with a psychologist. She diagnosed me with anxiety, panic disorder, and being severe hyperemotional. The doctor did n...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your problem. I can imagine how hard it is for you, especially when you have so much to deal with. Although therapy is essential in treating anxiety, medications are a must to control the physical symptoms. You have not ment...  Read Full »

How to manage my irritability due to no concentration on my studies during board exams?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having 0% concentration in my studies. My board exams are going on, I have become too irritable. I am also able to make myself happy again but the stress of studying is bothering me as I cannot concentrate. Also, I am motivating myself but still, I cannot.  Read Full »

Dr. Sonia Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Board exams are indeed stressful for every student and especially with this huge coronavirus scare thats going on, it is even worse I am sure. Although, now that your board exams have been suspended for the next 10 days, you may breathe a sigh of relief. I can still ...  Read Full »

I have acute anxiety symptoms due to my fear of exams. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I have acute anxiety symptoms due to my fear of exams. Currently very underprepared, it is impossible to pass but still my parents are stressing me to give exams even when they know I fear underperformance and not knowing something on an exam. At this stage, I cannot even read words pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fear of exams and fear of poor performance results in anxiety and this anxiety is resulting in distraction which cause poor concentration in exams and poor focus. This further deteriorates the performance and you feel bad due to exams. This is a vicious cycle and you ...  Read Full »

I cannot remember anything I study. Why, and is it due to any medical condition?

Query: Hello doctor, I forget the things in a very short period. I am a competitive exam aspirant and have read many chapters at least 10 to 15 times but still do not remember anything. I remember only 5 to 10 % of concepts in class and can understand everything very easily but cannot remember anything. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, I appreciate you signing up on icliniq. You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I read your case and it is a normal problem at this age especially when preparing for competitive exams. You may be under stress due to exams. You...  Read Full »

How do I manage fear and anxiety during my examination?

Query: Hello doctor, I am very much anxious about my upcoming exam. This is my second drop. Last year because of my fear I ended up doing mistakes in the questions which I knew very well and just after coming out of the exam center I was able to answer all of them. This year too I am more fearful. I am ve...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from some anxiety disorder. Detailed exploration of the problem is needed. Do not let this thing ruin your career. I would recommend you to go to a local psychiatrist and get some help. Meanwhile, you can try these things. Deep breathing exercis...  Read Full »

How to cope with the stress and anxiety due to underperformance?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend is 25 years old. He suffers from severe anxiety as he failed his competitive exams for getting a government job. He prepared for this exam for a year. But he failed now. He is not happy and hates eating food. He is also not speaking to anyone in his family. Does he suffer fro...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your friend may have acute stress. You need to tell him to follow the lifestyle mentioned below to deal with his stress. 1. He must learn to move on from his failure. He must learn from it, but it is not the end. 2. ...  Read Full »

How can I overcome my fear of failing exams?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a medical aspirant and I have my medical entrance exam after three days. I want you to tell me how I can fall ill because I am scared and want to avoid this exam. I do not want to disappoint my parents. I aim to be a doctor, but I need one more year. I will try my best this year a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think you should stop getting worried. Just give your exam and learn from your failure. If you score less or fail, ask your parents to give you one more year or the last chance for exam preparation. Finally, face your situation with courage. To be a doctor, you need ...  Read Full »

How can I stay calm and happy during exam preparation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a student and I have been good at studies always. And I want to be a doctor but I somehow could not manage to get a seat in government medical college. I did not work hard enough. I am 21 now. My parents are very supportive and I am preparing for exam. But I am really scared of ever...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your problem. It is actually very tough phase. But all you need to do is gather yourself back, tell yourself that you can and will be able to do it. Try this. Make a full-proof plan. Executive with full motivation. If you feel that there were some mistakes ...  Read Full »

I am a student suffering from OCD; despite taking medicines I have not recovered fully. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, I am a student suffering from OCD. I am taking medicines since last year for the same. I got little relief so far, but there is repetition of thoughts and patterns of something. I am not able to concentrate properly while studying. So it is taking a lot of time to read even one page du...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) symptoms can appear to be stronger when you feel stressed and work hard. But it can be effectively managed by appropriate medication, following CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) strategies, and relaxatio...  Read Full »

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