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When Panic Attacks Shrank My World

I still don't understand how it happened. I had some sort of mental breakdown a year and a half ago. The "breakdown" was an intense dissociative episode where I flipped to another personality for a while. After I came back to myself, the panic attacks started.

I had had panic attacks before. But these panic attacks were different. Now the panic was always triggered by the same type of thing: a crowded place, loud noises, bright colors,...
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Five Stresses of Studying Counseling with Concealed Mental Illnesses

As I prepare for the spring semester, I am breathless with anticipation of the coming months. I am in my third year of a master’s program for clinical mental health counseling. Right now I am completing my practicum in our university counseling center, counseling college students.

I also have bipolar disorder, a dissociative disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. My life is balancing my mental illnesses along with school and my...
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