I have had anxiety and panic attacks for many years, stemming from a fear of dying. I have been on an anti-anxiety medication for about 4 years and so far, all is fine. I am a first year nursing student and I am preparing to take A&P 1. I have heard that we are going to be required to perform animal discections and possibly a human cadaver. I am really worried that this is going to cause me to start having frightening thoughts of death and dying again. I guess I never really thought about it, but as a nurse I will more than likely be exposed to death on a daily basis. I was just curious if there is anyone else who has or has had the same fears and how/if they overcame them? Any advice or encouragement would be helpful.