As someone who has struggled with panic attacks, I know how agonizing, scary, and frustrating they can be. And for the person who is with them when it happens, it can feel the same way! Agonizing to see your friend, family member, or fellow human suffering in this way, and both scary and frustrating because you want to help but aren't sure how.
Well, today I'm sharing 5 simple steps you can follow to help someone get through a panic attack. It will help them to feel safe, reassured, and gradually calmer as you guide them through each step.
As soon as you notice the person is struggling or they've indicated to you that they're in panic, let them know that they're not alone and you're going to be there to help them through it.
Firstly, resist the urge to placate them- saying things like, "you poor thing" or "it's alright" is not helpful. Instead, use a reassuring gentle tone and say something like, " You are not alone, I'm right here with you and I'm going to help you through this. We'll do it together."
When I am struggling with anxiety, I often use the image of a ladder- the worse my anxiety is, the higher up the ladder I am. When someone is in a state of panic, they are pretty much at the top of the ladder with their arms flailing about! Now you're going to help them put their hands firmly back on that ladder and climb back down, one step at a time. Here's what to do:
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