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txt "LIONS" to 741741

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Self-Help Resources

Surviving a Relationship Breakup

By Mary Anne Knapp, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

There is heightened excitement and a sense of euphoria for many of us when we enter romantic relationships and experience a feeling of union with another person. The bliss of feeling understood and the hope that you will experience “the happy ever after fairy tale ending” can feel truly wonderful at the time.

But when the relationship doesn’t last, you may be taken by surprise. It’s a shock that the person who professed undying love last week now has replaced you in their affections with someone from a Spring break encounter. You feel confused about how to get back into socializing especially if you have isolated yourself from others when you were in the midst of relationship bliss. You may feel that you are in an emotional tailspin as you try to recover. You may find yourself experiencing intense emotions that you weren’t prepared for. These can include panic, grief, anger and depression. Or maybe you feel that they have “lost” yourself. You may find it hard to imagine going on without your love and even consider suicide as a reaction to the loss of this relationship.

At CAPS (The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services) we see many students each year who struggle with these issues and feelings. It’s important to remember that you can survive, recover and even grow from this breakup experience.

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