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Bella Mastrobuono '24

 

"Control"

"Focus"

"It's a mindset, just change it"

"You're overreacting"

"Just chill"


Words I've been told one too many times as my heart is beating out of my chest.


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I'm not overreacting, am I?

I could really go for some sleep right now or maybe even a coffee?

I don't care, I just need to escape this hellhole.

I ask my friends, "Is it just me or does every day feel repetitive, like your reliving the same day all the time?"


"No...," they answer.


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Well now they know I'm not okay, they probably think I'm weird.

No.

I'm overreacting.

It's just a mindset.

Just chill.


THUMP

THUMP

THUMP


I feel as if I'm dying as if a boulder just came over and sat on my chest; restricting me from breathing properly.

I'm fine, I'm fine, I repeat as it worsens.

I can hear the waves crashing in my mind as I unconsciously try to calm myself.


"Just stop acting like you have anxiety."

You're right, maybe I am acting.


I'm sorry.






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