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I am a medical student my exams are starting and I am extremely anxious and restless. Im not being able to concentrate and feeling homesick.Pls help?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: R U the 1 Cranking?

Picturing this scene: college student in a dorm trying to study.
But it gets harder & harder 2 concentrate when s/he hears her/his dorm-mate's music being cranked up higher & higher. In ur case, maybe ur own anxiety is doing the cranking. You may believe it nearly impossible to imagine that ur brain can take charge. But like u can learn 2 calm a toddler having tantrum, u can learn 2 calm ur mind.

In brief: R U the 1 Cranking?

Picturing this scene: college student in a dorm trying to study.
But it gets harder & harder 2 concentrate when s/he hears her/his dorm-mate's music being cranked up higher & higher. In ur case, maybe ur own anxiety is doing the cranking. You may believe it nearly impossible to imagine that ur brain can take charge. But like u can learn 2 calm a toddler having tantrum, u can learn 2 calm ur mind.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Joan Kinlan
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Tough time

Medical school is hard and most students are anxious.
Have you made any friends yet? Talk to some upperclassmen-they can give you good tips. Maybe go for a walk with a friend and try to go to bed at the same time each night and don't stay up too late.

In brief: Tough time

Medical school is hard and most students are anxious.
Have you made any friends yet? Talk to some upperclassmen-they can give you good tips. Maybe go for a walk with a friend and try to go to bed at the same time each night and don't stay up too late.
Dr. Joan Kinlan
Dr. Joan Kinlan
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Big picture

This is common and help should be readily available.
Every med school provides some guidance here. Avoid benzodiazepienes -- they prevent learning. Your long-term goals are building friendships in the medical community (your new family), and especially remembering the real goal -- serving humankind. You're taking the hardest and hoblest walk a human being can possibly take. It's worth it.

In brief: Big picture

This is common and help should be readily available.
Every med school provides some guidance here. Avoid benzodiazepienes -- they prevent learning. Your long-term goals are building friendships in the medical community (your new family), and especially remembering the real goal -- serving humankind. You're taking the hardest and hoblest walk a human being can possibly take. It's worth it.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Louise Andrew
Any drug, even alcohol, could make this worse unless it is prescribed by a healthcare provider or counselor who is helping to work with you through this. Don't be afraid of counseling, it is protected contact with a professional and it cannot affect your career. It could indeed save your life. Good luck! Stay well, and remember you are not alone AT ALL. We are all pulling for you.
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