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medical alert bracelet for panic attacks and anxiety disorder?

Posted May 30 2010 8:37pm

i’m in college and i wanted to know if i should tell my professors about my panic disorder and anxiety disorder and wear a alert bracelet
should i tell the counseling center at my college)?
i also have a history of seizures too. i’m only 20 and i feel so bad for having this so young. so what do you think i should do about this?
i live in constant fear of my next breakdown,panic attack,and seizure and it keeps me in fear and it makes my anxiety worse especially in class

Keep in mind. This is not your fault, this is not something you chose, this is something your body is doing, just like a diabetic has problems with blood sugar, you have problems with anxiety.

Most colleges have a mental health services department as part of their health clinic – you should make an appointment to see either a psychiatrist or a psychologist. They can advise you specifically on how to deal with your college’s policies, and possibly get you on some medication. Even having a medication available for panic attacks can make a difference – a safety net if you will for you to fall down on.

All colleges also have a disabilities service of some kind – usually a small department to help make accommodations for students with mental or physical handicaps. They can arrange for you to do things like take tests in a quiet place if you have crippling anxiety over tests and generally assist in managing our education.

From the look of things, your anxiety is pretty severe, you may want to talk to a psychiatrist about getting on some kind of maintainance – maybe a low, low dose benzodiazepine, or the like. I wouldn’t really recommend antidepressants from how you’re describing. The constant generalized anxiety when combined with panic attacks and seizures makes them difficult to manage with most conventional antidepressants. The downside to benzos is that they can cause some murkiness in the realm of memory, and you may have to work a little harder because of this. For most students though, the relief of anxiety has a far greater benefit than the negative of having to work a little more to memorize small details.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me and I’ll do my best to help. I’ve lent a hand to one of my professors who also works at my university’s service and have a bit of experience with how the system works.

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