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Updated on Friday, December 18



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?


  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

  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.

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

    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.

  3. Counselling services

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

  5. punch her and knock her out
    or melatonin

  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!