You work at a student Health Centre. It is getting close to the University exam time, when students may develop temporary symptoms, due to stress, working late and drinking excessive amounts of coffee. In addition, foreign students are perhaps more prone to stress caused by sociocultural problems. Very occasionally, you get someone who hopes to avoid exams by claiming to be ill.
It is Friday afternoon. A student has made a second appointment to see you. The first presented on Wednesday complaining of stomach paints, but you found nothing abnormal, and you are confident that it is a mild stomach upset. You prescribed a mild antacid mixture to calm the stomach and suggested they should try to relax. You asked them to come back in a week's time.
This particular student had expected to be referred to a consultant straight away but you reassured them that there was nothing seriously wrong.
Your general feeling about this patient is that they are simply overanxious. How can you reassure them that there is nothing to worry about and that they should continue the treatment you prescribed?