Sadag’s helping hand for exam stress

2017-12-01 06:00
PHOTO: sourcedWith final examinations under way at most schools the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has extended a helping hand to those battling exam stress.

PHOTO: sourcedWith final examinations under way at most schools the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has extended a helping hand to those battling exam stress.

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A MODERATE amount of stress can be a good thing. It can sharpen concentration and performance and help create the energy and motivation needed to keep studying. Too much, however, can be overwhelming and prevent studying and functioning healthily.

With final examinations under way at most schools the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has extended a helping hand to those battling exam stress.

“There’s nothing worse than the disappointment of not achieving as well as you’d hoped. It’s important that instead of believing these negative thoughts, we challenge these thoughts of ‘I won’t get a good job, people will think I’m stupid, my future is over,’ with a more realistic assessment.

“To do this, you may need to enlist the help of a friend, counsellor or tutor,” said Sadag Operations Director Cassey Chambers.

She said the stress is caused by the fact that many think they’ll be judged solely on academic achievements rather than as individuals with contributions to make.

“If someone believes self-worth depends on academic achievement, there will be considerable anxiety surrounding any academic assessment. Too much anxiety can be paralysing, and if you add pressure from family or others it may become overwhelming,” said Chambers.

“We are here to help pupils and their parents with the stress. I’ve always believed that failure need not be the end of the world; it can be an incredible opportunity for learning and growth,” says Chambers.

Anyone feeling overly anxious or desperate is encouraged to call the Sadag helpline on 0800 12 13 14 where trained counsellors are available daily from 8am to 8pm.

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