panic attacks

My Evolving Relationship With Anxiety

For over five years, I endured these attacks with no knowledge of how to end them, or why they began.

For over five years, I endured these attacks. A therapist identified the source of this physical and mental torment: anxiety.

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Animal Companionship Is As Essential For My Mental Health As Human Connection

I try to imagine weathering the storm of my father’s death without these animals by my side, and the thought alone nearly capsizes me.

In what’s been the most difficult year of my life, animal companionship has been as essential to my mental wellbeing as the time spent with my family.

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I Love Solitude, But I'm Terrified Of Being Alone

I had spent so much time yearning for solitude that I had never really confronted the reality of being alone.

I have sought out solitude my entire life — up until pretty recently, it was a hard thing to come by. 

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I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder — In The Summer

Part of the depression of summer SAD is due to FOMO (“fear of missing out”). Image: Image: Tú Anh/Pixabay.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a common mood disorder that was first described by Dr. Norman Rosenthal in 1984, is mostly discussed in terms of how it affects people in winter.
When I found out about summer SAD a few years ago through some online sleuthing, I felt relieved. I finally knew what was going on with me.

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Fear Culture

She had lived a long time, but constant fear had governed her life.

Perhaps more than other cultures, America is obsessed with the illusion that if we prepare, we can avoid. Instead of learning to be resilient and cope with hardship, we drive ourselves dangerously close to madness trying to come up with ways to prevent catastrophes.

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Strap On Whenever It Seems Appropriate: Why This Quote Became My Life-Changing Mantra

Keep going forward.

After the breathless panting of my previous panic attack had converted over time to lust, I found myself with my new love having sex in the shower. Bent over the rim of the claw-foot bathtub, I felt the past being replaced with the new joys of the present.

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Being A Rape Survivor On Public Transit

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What do you do when you have no choice on how you get to work?

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