Q. Please help me to overcome my exam phobia?

Answered by
Mehwish Mursaleen
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 12, 2017 and last reviewed on: Mar 17, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am 18 years old and studying for my final exams. My problem is exam phobia. I am so scared of failure during an exam and due to this, I am unable to concentrate on my studies. I am suffering from this issue for the past two years and it really affects my studies. Please help.



Welcome to

I completely understand that you feel concerned about your performance during exams.

The Probable causes:

It might be due to the experience of failure in an exam or due to any negative experience related to your academics or school.

Investigations to be done:

Psychological assessment by a psychologist is needed to confirm the diagnosis and investigation related to anxiety during other social or performance is required.

Treatment plan:

You need to go to a psychologist for complete psychological assessment. Then, you need counseling or psychotherapy sessions to overcome your phobia and anxiety related to exams.

Preventive measures:

I appreciate that you consulted at this state of extreme anxiety. You urgently need psychotherapy sessions to prevent your symptoms increasing by the time.

Regarding follow up:

For further information consult a psychologist counsellor online.--->

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