Traumatic Exam Stress Disorder - TESD , is not a listed disorder in the DSM 5 (lists disorders according to psychologists) however due to personal experience and through intensive tests and study i am creating this category of traumatic disorders.
You may ask.. what authority do i have to create my own disorder ? Well to be honest I have absolutely no authority to make such a claim, infact a band of travel gypsies would have more authority than me.... but hey if a black man can run for the presidency of the united states of America then anything is possible.
Each and every person that has done some sort of studying in any sort of educational institution has experienced some sort of stress due to exams. Whether pre or post exam stress affects us or has affected us all and at times has caused a poor correlation between our ability to apply our knowledge and our ability to reproduce. a set of facts verbatim (parrot fashion). Ok this could also be due to a students natural tendency to study last minute but thats besides the point.
My exams have just ended and i have certainly have felt the effects of TESD. I wrote 4 papers in 3days (the first time this has happened to me) and I had to summon strength which i I didnt know I had. Unfortunately my appearance and general disposition is not the best during the exam period and this is a major symptom of TESD. Crankiness, lack of social interaction, red eyes, communicating by a series of grunts and clicks (ok over exaggeration on my part... maybe just mono syllablistic responses) and the worst.. lack of sleep. A combination of these and other symptoms makes me look and feel less human and more like one of george romero's undead friends. (zombies for those of you who dont know who george romero is).
The good thing is that once its over there is absolutely nothing you can do about the result and you have to leave it in the hands of the Almighty, ofcourse the stress and the anxiety is still yours to deal with.
The question still remains is how to deal with the stress ? Any ideas
Shadows and dust
The Lone Writer