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Updated on Tuesday, May 5

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QUESTION: Does it seem like there are way too many people claiming anxiety attacks and, as a result, complete inability to do anything at all? I don't want to seem inconsiderate, but how can so many people become completely incapacitated by something like social interaction, homework, etc.

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  1. you don't necessarily know what's going on in someone's life or their mind.
    it's this kind of thinking that further stigmatizes mental health and illness.

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  2. It seems to be that everyone at this school needs to start focusing on themselves instead of what other people are doing. It doesn't affect you, so why are you judging it? If someone gets a few extra days on a paper it may not be "fair" but ultimately it shouldn't matter to you, because if you're healthy and capable you did the paper. And then one night when you're throwing up because you can't imagine all the shit you have to get done, you can email a prof saying you need a few extra days and they'll likely let you have it.
    TLDR: Mind Yo Business.

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  3. I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and suffer from frequent (almost daily) panic attacks if not medicated. The panic attacks would leave me hyperventilating until the point of passing out and crying to the point of dehydration. My anxiety had nothing to do with social interaction or homework, but adding those things to the list of things causing my anxiety made a tipping point.

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    1. Fair enough, I don't doubt for a second that anxiety disorders are both very real and very debilitating. Its just that every other post on here seems to be "my anxiety kicked in and my term imploded". Maybe this site isn't an average cross-section of the student population?

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    2. I hate to say it, but I think a lot of people blow their "anxiety attacks" out of proportion. There's a difference between being stressed out and having a full on panic attack. Stress makes work very challenging but it's something that people need to work through, whereas an actual psychological disorder needs to be dealt with medically and therapeutically.

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  4. I think some people mislabel stress as anxiety. Of course many students feel stressed and some are overwhelmed by it to the point where they are unable to get assignments in on time, but there's a difference between stress and anxiety. With anxiety sometimes it's difficult to understand why you're anxious. No matter how rationally you try to think about a thing or situation, you can't calm the fear, and sometimes you can't even put your finger on what you're afraid of. You can end up hyperventilating, crying, or feeling like you're about to pass out, even when you've been telling yourself constantly that everything will be okay. For some people, I suppose, academic related stress could make their anxiety worse. For me, academics have always been a helpful preoccupation to avoid the kind of situations that trigger my anxiety.

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  5. 1) Selection bias: people who are doing great are too busy to be posting on anon online gossip sites, so you see a lot more people struggling. Don't extrapolate % to the larger population.

    2) There is a difference between the clinical definition of anxiety and the vernacular usage. Don't mistake one for the other, and don't trivialize either imo.

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  6. Sometimes it's not social interaction and school work itself is the cause of anxiety. I typically deal with school/stress well and am a confident person. However, I underwent two traumatic emotional experiences early in the term. This meant I was using a lot of my mental/emotional capacity to process what happened to me. As a result, the other stressors in my life became much harder to deal with. So sometimes an approaching deadline or a crowded room is just the straw that breaks the camel's back, and I dealt with a lot of anxiety attacks until the end of term and I transitioned into co-op. It was one of the hardest things I have gone through. I would much rather be able to meet a deadline than have to get an extension because I keep waking up in the middle of the night and panicking, or wanting to cry, or I'm continually edgy and alert and terrified because I don't know what around me is going to make me start panicking again.

    tl;dr - Anxiety is awful to deal with. Try and understand what someone's going through before trivializing their experience.

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