How to not have a panic attack or to stop it when it happens?

I dated a guy for a year that was abusive to me. When I left him I cut him off of my life. But, this semester we ended up sharing a class. Every time that he is physically close to me and tries to interact with me, whether it is by shooting me a message online or actually talking to me, I get panic attacks. Even... show more I dated a guy for a year that was abusive to me. When I left him I cut him off of my life. But, this semester we ended up sharing a class. Every time that he is physically close to me and tries to interact with me, whether it is by shooting me a message online or actually talking to me, I get panic attacks. Even though mentally, I am serene and relax, my body just freaks out and I can't really do anything about it while I am in class.
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