Its been 4 weeks into nursing school and I'm having panic attacks. Now it's occurring during tests and seriously effecting my grades. I study and study and my mind goes blank, (I get dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, tight chest. classic symptoms of panic attacks) when I'm testing. This is an accelerated program so the courses are intensely paced, giving me no time recoup academically. I feel absolutely stupid and I don't know how to deal with it. I've never consistently do this poorly before. My research papers are high A's but my test grades are horrid. I realize I'm self fulfilling my fear of failure but I can't seem to halt the process. and I don't want to take anxiolytics for fear of interference with my mental capacity. But at this point, I'm not sure I have any mental capacity left. :smackingf
But I will not quit.. I'm just afraid of being kicked out before I can have control of my stress.
Jan 25, '07
Are your teachers supportive? Can you discuss this with them? I think you should at least talk to them and let them know what's going on, as they may have some suggestions too. Personally, I have taken Xanax (Never while doing patient care). I think they make you calm.. not ditsy. But I am no expert on the matter... I just wanted to offer my 2 cents.
Last edit by staceylee67 on Jan 25, '07
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