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Thank you for the article. It was interesting. For myself, I remember when I was a child, back in 1990, my elderly adoptive mother would help me with my homework. When I sensed she was getting frustrated from my lack of understanding the work, I would start to cry, could barely speak and start to tremble. She then would give me some water, hug me and we would take a break before trying again. She had passed away when I had turned 10 years old back in '95. Around the age of 16, I remember spending a lot of time alone during the weekends. I would use that time to either take care of my African Canadian hair or sleep a lot. When I had finally landed a nice computer job at 22 years old, I found myself leaving for the washroom and would cry for about 5 minutes. After awhile I realized that this wasn't normal and had seen a psychologist. She had helped me a lot. After my elderly adoptive father had passed away, I decided to go back to school to get my degree in ECE to work with children. It was the best decision I had made. From time to time I still suffer from GAD but I've learned to lean on the right people (therapist, close family or friends) and to perform certain activities (meditation, journaling, exercise, social interaction, etc).

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