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Unhappy How to tell them I want to come home.... - November 13th 2010, 08:11 AM

So here's the situation. I'm 20 years old, living with my parents when I'm not living in the college dorms. At the university I'm attending (one of the largest in my state), we've had six bomb threats in the past three weeks. They've all proven to be hoaxes so far, thank God, but I'm worried about what happens if they cease to be hoaxes.....

I have severe panic disorder that has caused me numerous problems in the past, and I used to self-harm as an outlet for that anxiety. My parents know about the anxiety and the self-harm and try to be as understanding as possible.

A representative from the school said that if we wanted to leave (as in go home and leave campus), we'd have to get ahold of an academic office (name withheld for safety reasons) and our professors. All of my classes are online, except one - which shouldn't be a problem (My professor is awesome).

My Question is how should I let my parents know that I'd like to come home (an hour away from the university) until the person making these threats is caught? I've already told my mom that if he/she/they made one more threat, I'd be coming home - but I don't want to wait any longer. The stress of this whole situation is making me physically ill - I'd prefer to be at home. How should I bring this up to my parents?
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Re: How to tell them I want to come home.... - November 13th 2010, 11:40 AM

Just tell them that you've been thinking about it and it's been a hard decision to make but the stress is extremely hard for the reasons about the panic disorder they know of. Tell them you can do the work online for the courses so you wouldn't be dropping out of university just because of hoaxes. Also, explain that one time, it may not be a hoax, which is what is worrying you and it should worry them too a bit. Don't worry over feeling anxious to tell them, they'll understand knowing your anxiety disorder plus it may show them just how much of a toll being at campus with the hoaxes have taken on you.

I haven't ever done online courses but I would assume you need to do at least final exams in-person. Try to explain that by then, hopefully the hoaxes are over and there hasn't been a real bomb. It could also make things easier by not having to do 1-hour drives.

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