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    I am starting uni in a week and i am terrified.

    I have panic disorder, which is basically a debilitating fear of having a panic attack. it doesn't sound serious compared to others, but it has made me fear going anywhere without family members or anywhere i feel uncomfortable. I will be going to kcl in london, so i know that i will be able to get counselling/medicine quite quickly but I want to try without it

    does anybody have any advice about dealing with it?:eek:
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I am starting uni in a week and i am terrified.

    I have panic disorder, which is basically a debilitating fear of having a panic attack. it doesn't sound serious compared to others, but it has made me fear going anywhere without family members or anywhere i feel uncomfortable. I will be going to kcl in london, so i know that i will be able to get counselling/medicine quite quickly but I want to try without it

    does anybody have any advice about dealing with it?:eek:
    Hi there, I've just finished my first year at University and I too have a panic disorder. University is scary enough for most people, let alone if you have a panic disorder! I also had agoraphobia, which is a fear of being unable to escape any given situation. So being left at university when I moved in during Fresher's Week was panic inducing as it was!

    I don't know if you are comfortable with talking about your disorder, but I personally experienced an amazing response from my university about it. Talk to your uni's disability team and they should help you get things like extra time/breaks in exams.

    If you have been 'formally diagnosed' by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, you are eligible for Disabled Student's Allowance, have you looked into this?

    I also found it helpful to visit the uni as much as possible before I moved in, make sure that the environment wasn't going to panic me. Try to find flatmates on Facebook.

    Basically, be as prepared as possible so very little will throw you on the move in day/first few weeks.

    If you need anymore help, please message me because I do completely relate to how nervous you are feeling. It gets easier as you settle in and you can deal with it

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