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Sounds awful. I've always been fine when I've taught in the past but other things in life have induced similar panic in me. I found two things really helpful:
hypnosis (privately accessed)
CBT (accessed through a GP referral)
Both were brief interventions, I think three of each. I was sceptical but was amazed at a) how much better I understood the physiology of panic and b) the ability to calm it myself. The hypnosis added to the process (i did them around the same time) and definitely removed some 'triggers' to panic.
Thoroughly recommended. No harm in trying I'd say. If you were ever queried about the gp referral by future employers you could just say it was insomnia / smoking cessation / fear of heights!!
That is the million dollar question - you're right, and there is no answer!
In practical terms I'd suggest trying to bring your horizon a little closer. Try to focus on smaller specific milestones and it might distract you from the 'v' word. Let's face it, your main hurdle right now is to complete the thesis and get in submitted by the right date - focus on this, this is the known hurdle.
Easier said then done, I know from experience!
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