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If someone you know has a panic attack, they may become very anxious and not think clearly. But there are things you can do to help:
Ask the person to repeat a simple, physically tiring task such as raising his or her arms over the head.
You can do this by breathing with him or her or by counting slowly to 10.
It's helpful when the person is having a panic attack to say things such as:
By using these tips, you can help:
If someone you know is getting treatment for panic disorder, you can offer ongoing help as the person takes steps to recover from it. Here are some things you can do.
Praise all efforts toward recovery, even if the person isn't meeting all of the goals.
Don't panic when the person panics.
But know that it won't last forever.
Remember that it's okay to be concerned and anxious yourself.
When a person has panic attacks, the entire family is affected. If someone in your family has panic attacks, you may feel frustrated, overworked, or socially isolated. These feelings are common. Family therapy, a type of counseling that involves the entire family, may help.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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