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Dr. Prathibha Sanghavi

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Say Goodbye To Exam Phobia!

BHMS, C.S.D.(Skin Diseases), M.D.(Medicine), M.Sc. In Counselling & Psychotherapy
Homeopath, Delhi
Say Goodbye To Exam Phobia!

"I have a severe stomach ache, I feel like vomiting ... Mom, please!! I can't go for exam." 
"I read it! I knew it all ... But I just blacked out." 
"I just couldn't write! My hands were trembling." 
"I messed up this question! I can do nothing right... I can never succeed in life!!" 

It's not uncommon for students to experience such problems before/ during an exam.

Most of us suffer from some degree of anxiety when we prepare or sit for an examination. Examination usually leads to a lot of tension and anxiety commonly known as examination phobia. Examination phobia or Examophobia is a mental disorder found in most of the students. When exams arrive, students become extremely worried and make plans about how to study, how to perform better and get good grades. Some students find exams so difficult that the phobia makes them sick as they simply find themselves unable to cope up with the exam fear. There may be sweating, palpitations that disturb so much that one cannot think straight and end up messing up the paper. Also, in subsequent exams, it becomes worse and the fear intensifies. The person may end up feeling a failure, feeling guilty and may even be suicidal! 

Anxiety is a normal human feeling that is part of life and can often serve as a good form of adrenaline. However, in few people, this adrenaline rush exceeds normal limits and at times may lead to some negative consequences.

Exam anxiety is:

1. Excessive worry about upcoming exams 
2. Fear of being evaluated 
3. Apprehension about the consequence 
4. Experienced by many normal students

(I) Environmental Causes

1. High expectations of parents 
2. Parents imposing their ambitions on children 
3. Parents competing for higher social status through child's scores 
4. Constant comparison with other kids 
5. Fear of teachers 
6. Insulting remarks from teachers

(II) Poor studying styles: 
1. Inefficient:

1. Irregular coverage of the entire syllabus 
2. Trying to memorize the course book 
3. Binge learning 
4. Studying all-night right before exams

2. Ineffective:

1. Reading without understanding the topic 
2. Unable to recollect the material 
3. Not making revision notes 
4. Not revising

(III) Psychological factors:

1. Feeling little or no control over the exam situation (rather than knowing and applying exam strategies) 
2. Negative thinking and self-criticism 
3. Irrational thinking about exams and outcomes 
4. Irrational beliefs "If I don't pass, my (family/boyfriend/girlfriend/friends) will lose respect for me" 
5. Irrational demands "I have to get at least 98% or I am worthless." 
6. Catastrophic predictions "I'll fail no matter what I do—there’s no point." 
7. Low Self-esteem 
8. Fear of failure

The symptoms can range from minor nervousness to a panic attack, which can ruin the test. But whatever the level of your anxiety, learning to keep yourself calm and managing the fear of sitting for an examination is what it takes to come out with flying colors.

1. Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, lightheadedness and feeling faint can all occur. Test anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack
2. Emotional symptoms. Feelings of anger, fear, helplessness and disappointment are common emotional responses to test anxiety. 
3. Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively and comparing yourself to others are common symptoms of test anxiety.

Fortunately, there are several methods that you can adopt to reduce your examination stress, which will not only help you to get higher grades but also improve your overall mental health.

1. Regular Studies Develop good study habits- ATTEND classes regularly, finish all the assignments on time, make notes properly and be an actively engaging student in school. Leave plenty of time to revise so that you don't have to do last minute cramming. Giving yourself adequate time will help to boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress as you know you have prepared well. Instead of waiting for the eleventh hour, start studying as and when the academic year commences. With a good amount of time before hand, you will certainly feel more relaxed as you have plenty of time to give-in your best. 
2. Exercise Matters - It is of paramount importance to maintain mental, psychological and physical health to ace any exam. Exercising regularly, deep breathing and ‘pranayama’ help in improving one’s cognitive faculties, that results in lesser anxiety and simultaneously better grades in the tests. 
3. Don’t Undermine the Importance of Diet - Be careful about your diet during the exams. A diet lacking in essential nutrients can put a major dent in your preparations; make you feel nauseated, SLEEPY OR overstressed during the crucial hours. 
5. Support - Take short breaks in between and spend some quality time with your family; share your feelings and state of mind with them. Spending time with the family can turn out to be a major stress buster. 
6. Set a Study Time: Lastly, drawing up a schedule will help you make the most of your study time. Set aside a time for your studies and follow it meticulously. Keep it flexible so that you can make the necessary adjustments. 
7. Stay focused: Concentrate on your studies, not others during the examination time. Avoid talking with other students about the subject before an examination. 
8. Use Mnemonics: Mnemonics are the techniques of memorization. You can make chart, rhymes or phrase to memorize your lessons. 
9. Practice Deep Breathing Regularly - Meditation is one of the best medicine that can reduce your anxiety. Make a habit to Meditate at least 10 minutes per day. It surely increases your concentration power. 
10. Consult Psychologist: If your anxiety becomes uncontrollable, don’t hesitate to consult a psychologist or therapist. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is pretty effective in treating anxiety disorders. It helps to change your thought process and negative beliefs. Performance or test anxiety is highly treatable so you can get absolutely get a better result.


1. Get a restful, uninterrupted sleep the night before so you wake up refreshed and revitalized the day of the exam. 
2. Have a healthy breakfast but strictly avoid oily and heavy food 
3. Recheck your required stuff (pen, pencil, compass box, eraser, admit card, watch etc) before leaving home. 
4. Take the water bottle along with you to the examination hall. 
5. Avoid touching new/left-out topic at the last moment. 
6. Aim to reach the examination hall well in time. 
7. Avoid being part of Before-exam peer discussions on How well-prepared or unprepared others are! The classic "Tera kitna ho gaya" question followed by undue comparisons can be a complete confidence killer. So Beware !! 
8. If feeling tensed, take deep-long breaths and engage in positive self-talk; reminding yourself that you prepared best to your ability and tell oneself " I CAN DO IT "


  1. First of all, fill the required information on the answer sheet. 
  2. Read the instructions carefully to figure out if you have a choice of questions, no. of questions to be attempted etc. 
  3. Read the question paper thoroughly before u begin writing and mark the questions under 3 categories: (a) Easy (b) Manageable (c) Difficult 
  4. Manage your time: This is where you strictly need to stick to the plan:
    1. Before you begin, allocate time for each question based on the marks it carries and difficulty level. 
    2. If you are not able to complete an answer within planned time-frame, leave some space and move onto the next question. 
    3. Always divide time in such a way that you are left with some time at the end to go back over incomplete answers and revise/recheck. 
    4. Always try to attempt all the questions. 
    5. Attempt the Easy questions first, followed by Manageable and Difficult questions at last. That way you stay secure, calm and confident. 
    6. Avoid writing too lengthy answer just because you know it well.

5. Presentation:

a. Handwriting should be neat & readable. 
b. Instead of very long paragraphs, put your answer point-wise. 
c. Wherever possible, illustrate the information via Flowcharts/diagrams etc. 
d. Highlight: underline or highlight the main points using pencil / coloured markers but you should keep it for last spare moments.

Encourage your kids! Parents have the ability to address underlying fears that may be present with test-taking. At a deep level, even subconsciously, a student may fear failure for a variety of reasons. There could be a fear of looking dumb to friends, of not getting into the best school, or of not meeting parent’s expectations. A great help is for parents to reinforce their unconditional support and encouragement to the child. Parents, let your children know that their grade does not determine their worth. Believe in your child. 

Help them get over the myth that "Success in exam is a predictor of success in life". 

Good marks = Great job. 
Poor marks = End of life!!

In short, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of Time Management, Hard work and Learning from mistakes"

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In last 6 months I have gained 10 kg weight and it is not decreasing m very depressed with it I try many exercises but nothing worked please help me by giving me some solution.

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
In last 6 months I have gained 10 kg weight and it is not decreasing m very depressed with it I try many exercises bu...
Hye. Thanks for the query. There must be some change, either in your eating habits, activity levels or stress that has caused weight gain. Also lack of physical activity may have stopped or reduced leading to weight gain. Also your poor eating habits, lack of exercise may have led to hypothyroidism. There’s no overnight fix when it comes to healthy weight loss, but you can adjust your lifestyle to promote quick, natural weight loss for the benefit of your health and your appearance. Successful, long-term weight management needs to focus on more than the food you eat and the pounds you lose. It needs to focus on your overall health. Reshape your body and your lifestyle by adopting healthy habits and breaking unhealthy ones. Replace all processed foods in your diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds and seafood. Focus on the variety of whole, unprocessed foods you can eat instead of dwelling on the junk food you eliminated from your diet. Eat smaller portions at every meal and avoid going back for seconds. Take a smaller scoop of rice, half of a piece of chicken instead of a whole piece and one less egg in your morning omelet, for example. Make time for breakfast every morning. Eating breakfast helps prevent overeating and is a habit of people who successfully lose weight. Pack to-go meals instead of eating convenience foods when you’re not home. Store foods like chopped fruits and vegetables or cooked grains, legumes, eggs and meats in your refrigerator so you always have something to grab when you’re in a rush. Buy fresh vegetables and fruits from the grocery store if you forget to bring healthful food from home. When you can’t avoid dining at a restaurant, opt for a salad as a starter, and always ask for the dressing on the side. Clear soups, lean meats, seafood and grain-based dishes like roti, whole grain bread are other good choices. Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes at least three times per week to build muscle and burn more calories. Pilates, strength training, aerobics, swimming, dancing and yoga or a sport like football are ideal choices. If you’re new to exercising, start with brisk walking and jogging. Adopt physically demanding hobbies like bicycling, hiking, jogging, power walking to promote faster weight loss. If you don’t have time for new hobbies, increase your physical activity with things like walking the dog, playing with the kids or jogging instead of driving to a nearby store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
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I have a body pain last two days, now a days body going too week, give me an health tips to maintain d body correctly.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
I have a body pain last two days, now a days body going too week, give me an health tips to maintain d body correctly.
Good Morning ~ Body pain can be due to a lot of reasons. I believe that you need to tell me more regarding your problem of body pain other than the fact that you have it for the last two days. Also what do you mean by body going weak? It may be well to consult with a local doctor. Viral fever can cause you to have body pain that lasts for 2-3 days and gradually gets better and you need no medications for the same. If you are having problems other than viral fever you probably need medical attention. A thorough evaluation and management of problems is called for in that case.
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His kindly let me know can I take ayurvedic or alopathic medicine for anxiety simultaneously.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
His kindly let me know can I take ayurvedic or alopathic medicine for anxiety simultaneously.
Good Morning ~ Since I am not well versed in ayurvedic medications, I advise you to have at least an hour's gap between the two medications. If you need a second opinion regarding your allopathic medications, I will be more than happy to help. Look forward to hearing from you. If you need help with booking an appointment online with me on this website either text, audio or video appointment for confidential and private consultation you may do so by contacting the help desk of Lybrate.
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I am a 39 year old man with no health problems but I am passing through a very stressful phase (stress related to my kid, parents, job etc). I had lost my wife to cancer a year back. I am planning for a remarriage and have been involved with a female since past 4-5 months). Off late I am having a bit of body pain, forgetfulness, excessive sweating when not in ac, sleepiness. What can be the reason. I am worried by these symptoms.

BHARAT JYOTI, MRACGP, INCEPTOR, MD-PhD, MD - Psychiatry, FIPS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
I am a 39 year old man with no health problems but I am passing through a very stressful phase (stress related to my ...
You have to decide. You are in 100% stress followed by the death of your spouse. You have to wait and see if have resolved the bereavement and stress in relation to family and children. You have to be assessed with you family and and pros and cons of remarriage,
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Sir when I wake up in the morning then I feel very stressed sir please tell me what is the reason of this.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Mphil in Medical Psychology, PG Dip Edu Counselling , Certificate in Nutrition & Mental health, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, Trivandrum
Sir when I wake up in the morning then I feel very stressed sir please tell me what is the reason of this.
Stresses are of many reasons. If there is an event or incident is the reason need to work on that. If reason is unknown to you or to your family then search for beginning of some psychological disorder like depression or anxiety. More details only will tell that. Bye and take care.
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I will start it from beginning, In my teenage there was a stress and tension in my life for very long time and that was serious stress and tension, I do not know can I call that depression or not. Only doctors can say but that was long time of stress, Tension,disappointment ,inferiority complex and that situation of my life made me anxious and abnormally very aggressive and violent. However I got out from that situation and tension to some extent not totally. I faced very very weird type mental tension at very young age, At 16, 17,18. however I got out from that tension to some extent not totally, I turned 19, And left my little home town for studies in bangalore, There in bangalore I was happy to be there, New friends, New environment and big city bangalore. I was thinking of enjoy all this, although I was anxious but not that much. I felt anxiety and nervousness in social situations in college and hostels but that was under my control I was able to enjoy things. New life, I started smoking and drinking with my new friends and became heavy chain smoker, After some month I started feeling very very strong anxiety and social phobia. I stopped going college meeting friends other than room mates. I developed social anxiety disorder, GAD, Bipolar and many more, My life became hell. But that time I did not know that I am having a mental disorder, I did not understand why I became like this, I never think of going to doctor for any mental problem. I thought log kya kahenge ki kya mai pagal ho gaya hu. My life stopped, Study ruined, Very few friends, No girl friend very poor life with lots of expectations from life. I could do anything. I lost everything studies, Girls I loved, Money,Very precious time of life. But I did not share about my mental disorders with anyone. But some of my friends had doubt of my metal health. After struggling this kind of hellish life for seven years I thought of going to an Ayurveda doctor for this mental disorder, I thought herbal Ayurveda treatment would be good for mental disorders. I was benefited by Ayurveda medicines. I thought of quitting smoking so that I can adopt healthy lifestyle so that medicines would be more effective. After more than six months of taking medicine I realized that I did not need any medicine I just need to quit smoking drinking and a healthy lifestyle. All my friends smoke and drink but they are mentally healthy at all. I never thought smoking will cause me that much serious mental disorders. I quit it more than year ago. Now I am facing thing BRAIN FOG. It feels something opposite state of anxiety and it just refused to go. I think anti anxiety ayurvedic medicines caused me something like brain fog and it just refused to go. I think it is opposite state of anxiety so I again started cigarette and 8 Cups coffee in a day so that I can get rid of this brain fog and it seems like its working after lots of coffee I felt it going. I have lost my love I lost Everything in my life because I was mentally ill everybody was enjoying life and I was hiding in a room, Extreme extreme extreme level of social phobia. I think of suicide everyday. My life on chaos. Now I just want to know how to end this brain fog and how stay mentally healthy at all. Please suggest me right way.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and English Literature
Psychologist, Coimbatore
I will start it from beginning, In my teenage there was a stress and tension in my life for very long time and that w...
Hi lybrate-user, First stop worrying. You should be courageous and bold enough to control your mind. This is not that serious. You should have overcome this problem during childhood, itself but you would not have known ways as you were very young. Look why you want to think about suicide. Look you should be strong to carry out ways to overcome this problem. Nature has many resources for you to divert and overcome this problem. BE BOLD why are you scared. First you should take steps to become normal. You should consult Psychiatrist for medicines that would help you and Psychologist who would help you to control your mind psychologically through various therapies and counselling. If you feel free to contact me either through text chat or call me. You are most welcome to come in for an online consultation so that I could help you overcome this problem provided you should take medicines prescribed by Psychiatrist. For this kind of problem yes you do have many ways to solve, then why thinking about suicide. Never give up to overcome this problem. Do not worry. Be cool. With regards,
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Sir I am 26 years old. Mera weight continuous do saal se ghtata jaa rha h.68 ss ab 50 ho gya h.mujhe bhookh nhi lgti. Or agar khana kahu to vomittng si feel hoti h.lambi sans si aati rhti h.paste kru tb bhi vomiting feel hoti h.maan nhi krta kisi kaam ka. Depression bahut rhta h.sans lene mai aawz si aati h.Please suggest me something.

MBBS, MD TUBERCULOSIS AND CHEST DISEASES, Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, Diploma in Tropical Medicine Health
Pulmonologist, Kolkata
Sir I  am 26 years old. Mera weight continuous do saal se ghtata jaa rha h.68 ss ab 50 ho gya h.mujhe bhookh nhi lgti...
Weight loss to the extent of 18 kgs in 2 years demands the exclusion of Tuberculosis or any Eating disorder or Severe depression, neoplasia. Since you said you have wheeze (breathing trouble) Do you have any associated fever, Cough and cold? If yes then you should share about the nature to help me elaborate you further details. Without any further delay you should consult a Pulmonologist or a general physician before things worsen any more. Wish you early recovery and good health.
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My mother, 48, is probably suffering from recurrent unipolar depression as per the treatment the local psychiatrist is giving. It seems the meds are not working this time. She is not able to get up from bed and doesn't feel like doing anything, even the daily routine work. The doctor is now recommending it to go for ECT after trying different medicine combinations from last 4 months. She got into same kind of situation 5 years ago but recovered from meds. I wanted a second opinion on the same.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
My mother, 48, is probably suffering from recurrent unipolar depression as per the treatment the local psychiatrist i...
ECT is an option to treat depression. Before going for it, kindly tell what were the medications tried, what was the dosage, and how long she had. Is this the first episode of unipolar depression? Many questions need to be answered before selecting ECT as treatment option to give 2nd opinion. All the best
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