As someone who’s suffered from an anxiety disorder for 13 years now, I’ve become all too familiar with my brain’s annoying patterns of dealing with perceived danger.

This often begins with the air catching in my throat — followed by rapid heart palpitations, sweaty palms and the general feeling that I’m genuinely about to die. 

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Sometimes, racing to the bathroom to calm my (irrationally) frenzied nerves is the only way to feel okay.

Now, dump COVID-19 into the picture — and there you have a formula for heightened anxiety.

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 On Mar 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the virus a pandemic.

It was inevitable, sure, but that declaration has caused many of us to experience prolonged, uncomfortably foreign feelings — of anxiety. 

And it appears to have manifested into something of a global phenomenon.

So: how