What To Do During A Panic Attack

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Overview Of Panic Attacks

If somebody you know suffers a panic attack, he or she might become very nervous and not be able to think clearly. You can assist the individual by doing the following:

  • Remain with the individual and keep them calm.
  • Provide them with medication if the individual usually takes it while having an attack.
  • Move the individual to a discreet place.
  • Don’t create assumptions about what the individual wants. Ask them.
  • Talk to the individual in concise, simple sentences.
  • Help the individual to focus by requesting him or her to repeat an easy, physically strenuous task such as raising his or her arms.
  • Help ease the individual’s breathing, by breathing with them or by gradually counting to 10.

What To Say

If somebody you know suffers a panic attack, he or she might become very nervous and not be able to think clearly.

If somebody you know suffers a panic attack, he or she might become very nervous and not be able to think clearly.

It is useful when the individual is experiencing a panic attack to say things like:

  • “You can get past this.”
  • “You should be proud. Great job.”
  • “Let me know if there is anything you need now.”
  • “Focus on your breathing.”
  • “What you are experiencing is frightening, but it is not dangerous.”

Procedures To Apply

By applying these simple procedures, you can:

  • Decrease the amount of anxiety in this very traumatic situation.
  • Stop the condition from getting worse.
  • Help place some control in a difficult situation.

You can provide ongoing assistance as the individual tries to recuperate from their panic disorder:

  • Let the individual continue with therapy when they are ready.
  • Be patient and compliment all efforts toward recovery, even if the individual is not meeting all of the objectives.
  • Do not show fear when the individual starts to panic. Keep them calm.
  • Keep in mind that it is all right to be afraid and concerned about yourself.
  • Accept the current condition, but know that the panic attack will not carry on forever.

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