"How Can I Keep This from Happening Again?"

Illustration: Jen Troyer

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Diagnosis is half the cure. Once you've identified behaviors that increase stress—such as having children—you can stop them. Pinpoint stress-generating actions like procrastination, approval-seeking or overpromising. Remember the vertiginous feeling you get when you're about to err. Mentally rehearse making different choices—taking 10, consulting experts, stabbing yourself—the next time it happens.