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Teenage exam stress

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nerfqueen Sun 07-Jun-15 22:48:24

Help. I think my 18 year old daughter is heading for a breakdown. She basically breezed through her gcses getting A* and A's. Sixth form has proved more challenging altho her AS results were all A's. She is now doing her A levels plus uni entrance exams and for the next 2.5 weeks she has exams daily. She has admitted to crying frequently for an hour or more, she says shes exhausted, she says she doesn't want to do it anymore. Shes run down, suffering with a cold / virus / constant cough this last week too. I think she will be fine with her A levels but the uni entrance exams she is struggling with and this is what upsets her, she hates to fail. Btw, im not a pushy parent at all, all her pressure is self inflicted. I have to make her take breaks from revision. I talk to her, try to be encouraging, tell her im proud of her whatever she achieves. Any advice, im so worried about her.

EE123 Mon 08-Jun-15 09:39:22

Check the anxietyUK website for suggestions on how to reduce stress.

SecretSquirrels Mon 08-Jun-15 18:49:05

It's very difficult when they drive themselves so hard. What exams is she doing besides A levels?
Probably the virus is making it all worse, maybe a trip to the GP in view of the importance of the next 2 weeks.
I had this last year with DS1 and all I could do was give practical help and lots of TLC. I think you are doing everything right by telling her you are proud whatever she achieves but I know from experience that it doesn't help much.

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