Every day I listen to my coworkers converse and this is so fucking true,
I love pizza.
This is really great. Panic attacks can happen anywhere and may occur without any particular reason. Panic disorder effects 2.4million people in America alone.
I was researching this recently as part of a mental health unit for uni. The most important thing you can do is to take them to a quiet and calm place, be present but do not be demanding or obstructive. Allow them to have personal space. Remain calm! Depending on the severity of the attack you may need to explain what’s happening “I am ___, you are in ___, I know you’re scared right now but it’s going to be okay”.
Sit the person down, if possible give them a glass of water and encourage them to take slow sips. Take slow deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, encourage them to breath with you. This allows you to set a pace and avoids pressuring them, remember a lot of people feel like they are loosing control, try not to overwhelm them.
Lots of people feel like they are having a heart attack or a cardiac event during panic attacks, however if symptoms such as chest pain are resolved by breathing exercises it is most likely a symptom of the panic attack rather then a cardiac event, however if symptoms do not subside contact emergency medical service.
Most importantly, once the panic attack has resolved remind the person that they’re attack is not their fault or an indication of who they are as a human being. People with panic disorder are generally scared about loosing control and the implications of current and future panic attacks. If you know the person well enough remind them they are a fantastic person regardless of the panic attacks and that these are passing moments. Remember mental health problems are just like physical illnesses like diabetes. You wouldn’t abuse somebody for having a hypoglycaemic event.
Ohhh. Oohhh! Trouble trouble trouble
Donald: It’s not about fate, Walter, yours or mine. It’s about changing fate. It’s about hope and protecting our children.