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Updated on Friday, December 18

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QUESTION:

My sister (first year) is having major anxiety over exams. She hasn't been able to sleep for more than 4 days (she tries to but she can't). Any tips for her to deal with this?

9 comments

  1. as in a visit to her family doctor or campus doctor, who may prescribe diazepam (valium) or help her deal with the problem some other way. you can't buy valium without a prescription

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  2. Come on don't fucking tell her to take drugs. Just tell her to relax and if she doesn't do so well there are many chances for her to redeem herself.

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    1. while i'm offering a real solution supported by medical research, you're offering wishful thinking and a pat on the shoulder. dunno

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    2. Not 3 here. Valium is not a sustainable option. The drug is highly addictive and cannot be used regularly. Additionally, it does not promote any adaptive change, it merely blocks the physiological effects of anxiety. 3 was on the right path, in that cognitive restructuring and exploration of the fear is the way to go. Relaxation exercises, and other methods of dealing with anxiety in a healthy manner are also preferable. If the person in the OP is not in a state of mind where she can engage in these methods/exercises, then an SSRI to help facilitate that ability would be preferred.

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  3. Counselling services

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  4. She should try applying some leeches to remove the anxiety blood.

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  5. punch her and knock her out
    or melatonin

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  6. Melatonin to get to sleep.

    During the day: if she likes schedules normally, then suggest that she makes a schedule of study time and makes it as specific as possible (e.g. 10:00 AM - 2 units of BIOL 110; 12:00 PM - 2 units of PSYCH 101) and schedule in break time (e.g. 3:00 PM - 1 episode of her favourite TV show; 6:00 PM - dinner and a walk around campus)

    If she's not normally into schedules... not as sure how to help because I'm a schedule person and I get more anxious about sticking to schedules when I'm stressed. ... But maybe text her every few hours to see how she's doing?

    I hope she's okay! First year is rough.... But it gets better!

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