The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 3: Where to Get Help/Learn More)

This is the final installment of a series on anxiety and panic attacks. First, we took a look at what a panic attack is, what it feels like, and why the brain/body responds to stress with panic attack symptoms; second, we discussed coping strategies, and listed some one-size-fits-all methods for working with a panic attack. … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 3: Where to Get Help/Learn More)

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The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 2: Finding Your Coping Strategies)

It's a little after midnight. I'm about to go to sleep. And then I feel it: that tightness in my chest, the weird temperature fluctuations, the restrained-but-notable shaking. Seems like a panic attack is on the menu for the evening. "Oh, body," I grumble good-naturedly, "you need to test your fire alarms. They're a little … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 2: Finding Your Coping Strategies)

The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 1: Understanding Panic Attacks)

Hey kiddos, it's Serious Post time, so forgive the lack of zany gifs and suchlike. Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, and all across the country conversations are being had about mental health and the challenges we face in addressing what is, essentially, a society besieged by mental illness. I've seen enough real-life examples in … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 1: Understanding Panic Attacks)

#GLSuccess: The Only B+ I Ever Received (And Why It Was Really, Really Good For Me)

A reality to consider: there are students alive right now who consider getting out of bed in the morning to be a matter of considerable triumph. Another reality, to juxtapose: there are students alive right now who have near perfect GPAs and well-paying dream jobs and the out-loud approval and validation of their professors, and … Continue reading #GLSuccess: The Only B+ I Ever Received (And Why It Was Really, Really Good For Me)

Breathing: You’re Doing It Wrong (AKA The Cheapest, Fastest, Most Accessible De-Stressor In The World)

It's 3AM and you have a ten-page essay due in the morning and you only have an outline and a bibliography of questionable formatting finished and you have run out of caffeinated beverages to drink and if you don't find some way to write something decent and write it fast then you are going to … Continue reading Breathing: You’re Doing It Wrong (AKA The Cheapest, Fastest, Most Accessible De-Stressor In The World)