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health & fitness February 2013, By Jason Feifer

Panic Nation
A panic attack is one of the most frightening experiences a man can endure. There's no real cure, but there is hope—just take a deep breath and read on.

Sweat beaded on his neck. A few seconds later, his fingertips went numb. Mark, a 28-year-old Web developer who was in his Manhattan office preparing for a crucial product launch, knew what would happen next: ...

...C. Matthew Nichols, a New York City–based psychologist whose patients include Wall Street hard-chargers, says, "For very high-achieving, goal-oriented people, what's helpful in getting promoted can be really unhelpful to your mental health."

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Nov 06, 2009 By Judy Lin in UCLA Today  

From war to Westwood: when soldiers become students

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A new UCLA class is reaching out to a unique kind of incoming Bruin: veterans relearning how to live as civilians after service in the military. In the safety of the all-vets class, they discuss their impatience with students who think midterms are life-or-death issues, their struggles to stay calm in campus crowds, and the challenge of responding to questions that raise painful memories.
 
For veterans returning from Afghanistan, Iraq and other war zones, life in Westwood can feel unreal, said psychologist Matthew Nichols, student veterans services coordinator for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Having difficulty making the transition is perfectly normal.
 
This new life can also feel isolating: While there are an estimated 300 veterans on campus, many of them don't know each other. And when it comes to getting to know other students, some vets say they hold back, reluctant to tap into disturbing memories or wary of becoming magnets for politically charged viewpoints.
 
But things are changing. Nichols has started support groups for veterans and their families at the counseling center. The Veterans Resource Office (VRO), established last year in the Bruin Resource Center (BRC) under the direction of BRC Director Tina Oakland, has grown into a wide-ranging network that connects veterans to services as well as to each other.
 
And this quarter, Nichols and Oakland are co-teaching the new Fiat Lux class, "Boots to Bruins: From Combat to Campus Life."
 
A day in class...(cont'd)

Home July 4, 2009

Colleges aim to help vets transition from combat to classroom
John Schupp, second from right, teaches a class of military veterans in the chemistry lab at Cleveland State University in Cleveland. Schupp runs the university's Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV) program that allows military veterans to take classes together to help them re-adjust to civilian life. 

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — With a fattened GI Bill covering full tuition and more, the number of veterans attending college this fall is expected to jump 30% from last year to nearly half a million. That's left many universities looking for ways to ease the transition from combat to the classroom....

"...The University of California Los Angeles has short orientation sessions for veterans and is creating an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans readjustment group in the fall.

Matthew Nichols, a psychologist who just joined UCLA's counseling and psychological services after working for the VA, said he's hopeful that students will feel more comfortable asking for help on a college campus versus walking into a veterans hospital.

"These are everyday concerns," he said. "It's much less about 'there's something wrong with me,' and more about 'how can I study a little better?"' he said....'

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Veterans Resource Office's class, Boots to Bruins, helps student veterans transition back

As a soldier in Afghanistan, Yun Hee Kim drove around at night without her headlights to avoid giving away her position.

So when an officer pulled her over when she got back to the United States, she didn’t notice her lights were off until he pointed it out to her.

Transitioning back into civilian life has been a challenge for the third-year history student.

“Coming back and adjusting was harder than being deployed,” she said. “Over there, you don’t have lights on because ... you just have night vision goggles. When you’re on convoy you don’t stop. It’s little things like that.”

To help student veterans transition back into civilian life and meet other veterans, the Veterans Resource Office developed Boots to Bruins, a class that is being offered for the first time at UCLA this quarter.

The class is designed to help veterans address issues that many face upon returning home – from interpersonal relationships to how to answer uncomfortable questions about their wartime experiences, Student Veterans Services Coordinator Matthew Nichols said:

“Students (sometimes) make offhand comments about the war, and it’s impossible to not impact a veteran who may be sitting with you in class,” he said. “It’s much more complex ... for someone who served and put their life on the line.”....

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