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Panic After Dark: Can You Manage Panic By Yourself?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

That’s my ultimate goal: to be able to manage panic by myself, without outside help, be it human or pharmaceutical. The power is inside of me, somewhere. I just need to find it.


Panic After Dark: Extreme Temperatures = Panic Trigger?

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Should I be paying attention to my body or trying to dismiss its faulty signals? I had no idea. This is the greatest struggle for us panickers: separating the signal from the noise.


Panic After Dark: Fertile Ground for Middle-of-the-Night Panic

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I woke up and immediately became aware that I couldn’t feel my left leg. At all. Whatever wacky sleeping position I’d gnarled myself into while rolling around in a burrito blanket on the living floor had cut off circulation to my leg.


10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #6

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Here’s the catch: when you distract yourself from panic, you also distract yourself from panic’s slow retreat.


Shared Wisdom: How Do You Cope With Panic?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

How do you cope with the sting of having a panic attack after a long period of panic-free living?


Sensitization: Are You Conditioned to Overreact to Stress?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

You know that an evil clown might jump out of the closet. You know that a sudden burst of evil laughter will probably pipe out of an overhead speaker. You don’t know the precise nature of what’s about to scare you, but you’re anticipating something — anything — nonetheless.


Letter to a First-Time Panic Attack Sufferer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I could have used a good hug on the night of my own first panic attack, so I was ready to dole out dozens, if needed, for her. If I couldn’t give hugs, I could at least lend an ear and some advice.


Agoraphobia As-It-Happens: Live-tweeting My Panic Attack at Target

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

It was raining, and I was feeling panicked. The sky was dark. Target’s front doors, let alone the pharmacy counter itself, were uncomfortably far away. For a few minutes, I sat in silence with the car running, unsure if I should even attempt to walk inside or if I should play it safe and drive away.


Panic Attack Humor: ‘My Panic Attack is Having a Panic Attack’

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

But on a serious note, I think the concept of Penelope’s “panic-anic attack” brings up a great point: panic breeds panic.


Dear Anxious College Students: Slow Down, Breathe

Monday, July 25th, 2011

College: cheap fiberboard shelves, neon clothes hangers, drawstring laundry bags, and extra-long bed sheets. And futons — crisp and clean futons that, by the end of the school year, will reek of days-old beer and mildew. Oh, and stress. And anxiety. And panic.


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