Our expert says:
Its usually the guys who do well who put the most pressure on themselves, and the course is unnaturally overwhelming, more than it needs to be. Sounds very much as though he had a panic attack ( and one day, maybe this will help him if there's an exam question on that !) No harm in seeing a shrink - CBT style counselling could help a lot if available through student health ( and it's a great technique for him to leaern to use whatever speciality he later chooses as a career ). A proper assessment by a shrink might suggest some other medications, though the valium family so often used can interfere with learning and recall, even if sedative.
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