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Q. Why does my brain get numb during exams?

Answered by
Dr. Mehwish Mursaleen
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 30, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 16, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am 18 years old. I am a student. I do not understand my condition. I have very important exams. I used to get good marks constantly and then everything turned up against me now. I prepare my best, but I do very badly in my exams. I am feeling hopeless. Even after studying 8 hours daily, I am getting very low marks. I am completely puzzled. Why does my brain get numb during exam? I have lost all my confidence. Please help.

Dr. Mehwish Mursaleen

Psychologist/ Counsellor


Welcome to

I have read and completely understand your issue.

  • I need to ask you a few things. Has this problem only arisen during the exam? Or if you also get disturbed by things such as reading during the class in front of others, public speaking or other performance related things, etc?
  • Research supports the treatment for such conditions like social phobia or performance anxiety, which is systematic desensitization in which you will be trained in relaxation exercise along with overcoming your fears related to exams and performance.
  • You will need a few psychotherapy sessions. You can visit any psychotherapist in your nearby area.

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