05/14/2013 04:43 pm ET Updated May 17, 2013

The Moment I Knew: Seeking Personal Essays On Stress

What was the moment you realized you needed to de-stress? When we asked readers this question over Twitter, the responses were more serious and alarming than we expected. In just 140 characters, readers described panic attacks, hypertension, addictions and other upsetting scenarios that defined their breaking points.

We'd like to extend the opportunity to our readers to share more in-depth stories of stress wake-up calls. What was your most stressful moment, and how did you move beyond it? The most compelling essays will run as a series on The Huffington Post. We hope they will help readers recognize extreme stress in their own lives and inspire them to make healthy changes.

Please send original submissions between 500 and 1200 words, along with your name and contact info, to stress@huffingtonpost.com under the subject line The Moment I Knew.