At the Breaking Point

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     At the Breaking Point is a reflection on mental breakdowns,
particularly those involved in an anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. In those situations, a single idea or event can trigger a chain of incessant, repeated thoughts. The nonstop obsession over something minuscule or large often leads to a panic response. Worried musings repeats and repeats; the anxiety seemingly never ends until the individual reaches the "breaking point," causing an inward, disassociated state. With a mental disorder, this frequently becomes a vicious cycle, as the obsessive thought returns with a vengeance.

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Premiered by Catie Rinderknecht at the University of Iowa