Can perfectionism harm health?

An internal drive to excel can be damaging to the mental and physical health of children

Twelve-year-old Alexia attends your clinic with her mother. Her mother is worried that Alexia is a perfectionist when it comes to projects and assignments.

Alexia worries about her marks constantly and becomes quite distraught unless she gets 100% for all her subjects. 

Her parents don’t put pressure on her to succeed academically — they ask her to do her best and not push herself. How can you help Alexia reduce the amount of pressure she is putting on herself?

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