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Why your kids are having quarter-life crises

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OPINION: I realised I was having a quarter-life crisis when I told my Mum I'd forgotten how to breathe. She looked at me like I'd told her I identify as a rubber duck.

"Ahh, clearly you haven't forgotten," she said, "because you're still alive…"

Fair. I was still alive. But for half a year I'd been going through a surreal phase where several times a day, at the most mundane moments, like waiting at the lights, I'd feel the sudden hot gush of uncontrollable panic spilling up and out of my ribs.

I'd start to sweat and shake and I'd realise I was holding my breath. My chest would feel as crushed as an old helium balloon at the bottom of the kitchen bin. So I'd take huge shuddering gulps of air trying to reinflate myself, while the astounded drivers next to me stared at what must have looked like me battling the most aggressive hiccups known to man.

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It hasn't always been this dramatic. The last year has simply been the most acute boil-up of a slow creep of paralytic panic that I've felt........

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