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24 March 2020


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You blogged about your panic attacks a long time ago, and I was grateful for it last week. I stayed up too late talking to a kid whose distress is spiraling, and went to bed distressed myself and unable to calm down. I found myself with disturbing symptoms: tight chest, burny lungs, shortness of breath, chills, tachycardia, fear of hospitals, fear of dying. "...Oh," I said to myself at some point. "Perhaps this is a panic attack."

It's surprising to me how much the amount of sleep I get determines my ability to manage my anxiety.


Your image of the weight of the baby on your chest made it into my poem for today. It's such a visceral, immediate sensation.


You might like to read this article: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief?fbclid=IwAR0k8QdR3IxWkcsqOpRodI2xtYmYuZ5RMX4MD0xoe8PlZYUUTL_eUxuMb7o


When you mentioned algebra, that reminded me of a therapy suggestion to do math while experiencing feelings of a panic attack. Supposedly our brains can't do both at the same time? But mostly I am commenting just to commiserate about internalizing the stress in our bodies. Last week I clenched my jaw so tightly that my tooth required a root canal. Fun times.

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