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Panic attacks - June 23rd 2018, 07:41 PM

This summer, I'm doing school online. I recently talked to the teachers, asking for the massive workload to be lowered. She said that there was nothing they could do. And I had a massive panic attack. I completely lost it.

I usually get one or two small ones a week, but I hadn't had any recently. They decided to all happen at once.

Any help is welcome, especially coping mechanisms.

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Re: Panic attacks - June 23rd 2018, 11:21 PM

I imagine that it must have been quite overwhelming for you to have such a large panic attack. School can be a source of stress, especially when the workload is heavy. Have you tried talking to the Office for Students with Disabilities? As far as I know every school has one. They may be able to help you with special accommodations. You could also talk to the teacher and explain your situation and ask for tips for managing such a large course load. Personally, I recommend planning everything in advance so you know what assignments you're going to do what day. Break it into small chunks and take scheduled breaks when needed. That might help, in addition to what your teacher says.

As for the panic attacks, I've found breathing and grounding exercises work well for me. Sometimes I'll keep a smooth little stone in my pocket that I can touch when I'm panicking, or I'll try focusing on things in the room around me, my feet on the floor, etc. Anything to bring me back into my environment and away from the chaos inside. As for breathing, I generally force myself to do paced breathing- either five seconds in and seven seconds out, or four square breathing, where you breathe in for four, hold for four, out for four, hold for four, and start over.

I hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you need anything.

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