Panic Attack

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Panic Attack

Postby kitty2 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:15 am

Anyone heard of panic attack in kids?My friend's son has this problem.When comes to test and exams,he can't perform well,especially Maths.He failed his Maths again.He did work hard and even scored quite well in top school papers.He got abt 80% for Henry Park Pri Maths paper.He said he was scared during the exams!!!!Another friend told his mum that is called "Panic Attack",wonder Psycologist helps?

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Postby hquek » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:51 am

Personal experience: I had that once, during sec 4 prelims e maths paper. Just before the paper started, I suddenly blacked out and had no clue what I should be doing. Never before, it was way scary. I believe in religion and then took to praying...somehow, the block cleared and I was able to complete it as normal.

If the boy keeps having this, it may be good to consult specialist. He'll need to learn to be able to handle this - either via faith, meditation, whatever, else it'll follow him in life.

Had a JC friend whom I suspected of the same. She does her work regularly (more so than me) yet her test/exam results don't show the result of hardwork.

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Postby Full.Cream » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:33 am

best to talk to his teachers, then escalate to sch mgmt, sch counsellor, MOH if needed. believe MOE has this kinda provision.

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Postby glchua » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:06 am

Probably the root cause would be the strong desire to do well?

Lack of rest?

Too much pressure?

We all get nervous before an exam. Any exam, be it academic, driving, music, performing on stage, teaching a class, important presentation etc.

But for me, when I tell myself I don't give a hoot about the result, I would relax, smile and perform much better. That rules out last minute cramming!

That is what I try to tell my kids too.

These few days, with all the exams going on, I just say "enjoy your exam today!" before I send them off. I also refrain from asking them how was their test/exams. If I'm curious, I just ask them if the test/exam was fun.

I don't know if this is good advice, but this is what I do.
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Postby schellen » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:07 am

Full.Cream wrote:best to talk to his teachers, then escalate to sch mgmt, sch counsellor, MOH if needed. believe MOE has this kinda provision.


I think so too. They would have more experience with such cases. Even if the child has to see a specialist, I think the process is faster if there is a referral, maybe even cheaper too.

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Re: Panic Attack

Postby ivin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:01 am

kitty2 wrote:Anyone heard of panic attack in kids?My friend's son has this problem.When comes to test and exams,he can't perform well,especially Maths.He failed his Maths again.He did work hard and even scored quite well in top school papers.He got abt 80% for Henry Park Pri Maths paper.He said he was scared during the exams!!!!Another friend told his mum that is called "Panic Attack",wonder Psycologist helps?


hi, i have the same problem with you.my son is in p 4 this year, has a personal tutor for maths, in addition i teach him almost everyday, finished all the 'top school' papers (scored 70 to 80). but today his result is 49/100.

i dont know what to do. i told/discussed with him he had done his best, finished his work but i really wonder where is the problem.

he told me he is scared. he said he already know he will fail (begining of the P4 !!!) i tried all methods,,, encouraged, threatened, sympathy,

how . . . i am so sad. i feel helpless that i cant help him.

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Postby ivin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:03 am

schellen wrote:
Full.Cream wrote:best to talk to his teachers, then escalate to sch mgmt, sch counsellor, MOH if needed. believe MOE has this kinda provision.


I think so too. They would have more experience with such cases. Even if the child has to see a specialist, I think the process is faster if there is a referral, maybe even cheaper too.


my concern seeing a specialist may make him feel worse.

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Re: Panic Attack

Postby Full.Cream » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:37 am

ivin wrote:
hi, i have the same problem with you.my son is in p 4 this year, has a personal tutor for maths, in addition i teach him almost everyday, finished all the 'top school' papers (scored 70 to 80). but today his result is 49/100.

i dont know what to do. i told/discussed with him he had done his best, finished his work but i really wonder where is the problem.

he told me he is scared. he said he already know he will fail (begining of the P4 !!!) i tried all methods,,, encouraged, threatened, sympathy,

how . . . i am so sad. i feel helpless that i cant help him.


well, if it's a once off case, then just reassure him and continue to work with him to rebuild his confidence. No point sending him to the specialists.

also, is he an introvert? it may help to sign him up on those speech and drama stuff, or do more outdoor stuff...swimming, cycling, blading etc during this holiday.

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Postby glchua » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:38 am

ivin wrote:my concern seeing a specialist may make him feel worse.


Same here.

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Postby glchua » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:46 am

The child may sometimes be discouraged by repeated failures. Maybe the tutor wasn't encouraging in the first place? Sometimes our stress and worries get passed on to the kid.

Children are very sensitive. We shouldn't assume that they are the problem. They come with a basic set of character, but the environment is the one that would actually weaken weaknesses or strengthen strengths.

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