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It’s actually 5 am and I can’t sleep because I feel like I am losing it. I am so disconnected, and I have strange thoughts that I don’t want to have and are making me doubt my sanity. I had a big panic attack a month ago where I lost it completely. The morning after, I was feeling off, self-doubtful and scared. Since then, I had a lot of them and I have unwanted thoughts, but what bothers me the most is the fact that I am feeling really disconnected, like reality is slipping away from me. I wake up every 3 hours and I find it hard to fall asleep.

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Slowly Losing My Mind

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Your profile indicates you are in college, and I would highly recommend talking to someone on campus about all of this. Often with college students these types of reactions and panic attacks seem to center around different types of losses. Leaving home, ending relationships, and having our identity challenged are all part of the college experience that may be underlying these symptoms. A counselor at the college center should be able to help sort this all through.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Slowly Losing My Mind

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2019). Slowly Losing My Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from
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