For those affected by eating disorders, the pressures associated with exams can pose a particular problem. In fact, people often seem to cope quite well with the exam stress, but it is the post-exam period that can cause difficulty.
The sudden release of pressure, the lack of a goal, and the change from a structured routine, all contribute to making this post-exam time a difficult one for a person with an eating disorder.
This is the time that a person with an eating disorder may need more support.
Facing into exams
Ways of Coping with Exam Stress
Things you might notice yourself doing
During the exam period
After the exams
If you feel you are relapsing into eating disorder behaviours and thoughts
Depending on the severity of the condition, it may be helpful to support the person through the exams before addressing the eating disorder with them. If, however, they have become physically very unwell it may be necessary to prioritise the treatment of the eating disorder.