Myia explains how the anxiety starts. "When the test is handed to me, that's when the nerves kick in. I panic. I end up forgetting everything I studied. I can't focus. Letters scramble. I blank out. I feel overwhelmed by being judged by three sheets of paper," she recounts. "I feel like I'm not good enough, or smart enough like the other people in my class."
Myia worries about her future as well. "I hate the fact that I'm struggling so much in school. I wish I can get better grades," she says.
"I feel confident," Myia replies. "I know all the information."
"When do you start getting anxiety when the test is coming?"
Myia replies, "Probably the day when we're going to have the test."
Dr. Phil says that Myia needs to work on her internal dialogue. "What affect does that have on intellectual performance?" he asks Dr. Lawlis.
"Basically, it sets you up for failure," Dr. Lawlis replies. Turning to Myia, he says, "We also need to decrease your stress. The anticipatory anxiety that you're having about this, I know just watching you now, you don't breathe. And one of the things that happens when people get afraid is they stop breathing. Guess what happens when you stop breathing? It cuts off oxygen to your brain, and you can't remember your own name."
"Very negatively," Myia admits.
"Not well," she says.
"I just said it for you, and it's even worse when you're saying it for yourself," Dr. Phil points out.
"It's even worse with math. She's been tutored for a very long time, for various times, in math. She doesn't understand even when she's doing things correctly, how she's getting to those answers," Faith says.
"Yes," Myia replies.
"What if we could take away the anxiety response " the sweating, the hyperventilating, the nausea " what if we could take that away?" Dr. Phil inquires.
"That would completely change the way I think," Myia says.
Dr. Lawlis expresses optimism. "It's very doable, and in a fairly short period of time," he tells Dr. Phil.
Addressing Myia, Dr. Phil says, â€˜We're going to teach you to relax yourself, calm your internal dialogue and change what you're doing. All of this is described in The IQ Answer, and all of this is included in a CD that Dr. Lawlis has created for people to control this internal process."