Why exams may “drive people crazy”

“Take a deep breath, cry a little if it helps, then start preparing for the exam” -Professor at UNC

 

The level of anxiety and depression that high-achieving students place on themselves in beyond unhealthy.

 

I want an “A”.

No… I NEED an “A”.

If I DON’T get an “A”, how can I get into my top med school?

Will I get into ANY med school?

I think I’m going to get a B…

I won’t get into med school.

I won’t be a doctor.

I will be a failure.

I will be the family embarrassment.

Who wants to be friends with the person who DIDN’T get into med school??

I’m going to fail at life.

I cannot, CANNOT get that B.

I just have to study… a lot. Then some more. And some more.

I can sleep when I’m dead.

Food? That takes up time.

Meeting up with friends? NO TIME.

Relaxation?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME. NO. TIME. FOR. THAT.

I AM STRESSED.

I AM OVERWHELMED.

I. CANNOT. DO. THIS.

 

& that, my friends, is how an “overachiever” engages in negative patterns of thinking and goes into severe anxiety and/or depression…

 

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