Quote from JustBeachyNurse
Consider speaking with a counselor that may be able to help you sort your worries and organize your life. Perhaps even help you figure out if you need disability accommodations for test anxiety. You may need a doctors note explaining your condition and unique needs. Your psychiatrist may help you and just might not recommend medication at this time. See if your school offers student counseling services sometimes these are free or low cost for students.
^ I agree.
You may need to see someone professionally that will give you the insight whether you need a medication regimen.
I will suggest that you get a fundamental nursing review book to look at the NCLEX-style questions and have an idea on learning how to choose the best answer; this can also serve as a "dress rehearsal" for exams.
Try guided imagery, breathing and relaxation exercises prior and during exams; take your time and identify WHAT the questions are asking YOU; choosing the BEST answer is a challenge for many, so you are NOT alone in your struggles.
Create a plan in your success; you may need review books with NCLEX style questions to help decrease the anxiety. I also suggest a critical thinking and nursing judgement book-I received one from an instructor many moons ago-great book to use as a student and as a practicing nurse.
I used review books throughout my studies to help with my test anxiety; when I returned to nursing school for my RN; I had PTSD; I also have a mood disorder trait; so the challenges could've been enormous, but I had a plan in lace because of my previous test anxiety, and added to my needs. Don't forget to keep talking to your instructors as well; they truly want you to succeed.
Sending positive vibes to your success...keep us posted!