Most of the people are unable to identify the signs of a Panic Attack. Even when they do, they are unprepared and clueless about handling such a situation to help the person in need. To empower you with the knowledge, we’ve prepared a guide on what to do if you encounter someone who is experiencing a Panic Attack. Let’s educate ourselves!
We underestimate the importance of being there for someone quietly. One has to stay calm and maintain a low-key behavior by being next to the person. Talk to them in short sentences and help them to regulate their breathing by slowly counting from 1 to 10.
STICK AROUND WITH THE PERSON
Having someone they trust to sit next to them will make the attack less traumatic. Panic Attacks generally last for about 20-30 minutes, thereby making it extremely important for you to stick around with them for that duration. Your presence comforts them in ways more than one. Remember to be patient, encouraging, and calm when with them.
TRY TO CONVERSE WITH THEM
One has to be careful of words used when talking to someone during a Panic Attack. It is critical to not let any negative connotation become a part of the conversation. It can make the situation even worse. Try to rationally converse about how they’re feeling and what they think just happened. If that fails to work, it is advisable to change the topic.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT GO A LONG WAY!
Be your best encouraging self when with someone who is unable to think or act clearly. Rebuild their confidence by saying positive things like; “You’re doing great, we’re proud of you.” or “We are here to help you get through it.” You can check up on them later to see how they’re doing after that episode. Such gestures will make them feel loved.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP, IF IT PERSISTS
Although self-help measures can help to reduce the panicky feeling, there are times when the attacks become severe and recurring. In such cases, one should seek professional help. If your loved one is experiencing many physical anxiety symptoms then you should get them checked by a medical/psychological professional.
REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
We understand it can be challenging to remain calm and patient when with someone who is not feeling their best self. Remember it is okay to be anxious yourself. Putting a brave front does not come easy. You’re allowed to break down so permit yourself to do so. Remember to take care of yourself while you’re too occupied caring for a loved one!
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