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5 Aiding Steps To Assist A Person Under A Panic Attack

By Yuval Harpaz

America has high numbers of the population that suffer from Panic Disorder. Many of them tend to get it under control, but that doesn’t mean they won’t panic while in a public place or social situation. When this occurs, there are several things that anyone can do to help calm down the one who is panicking and those who are around at that moment.

1 – Remain Calm. The last thing a person who is already panicking needs is those around them also panicking. Speak in a calm, level, quiet voice. Reassure the sufferer that the danger he or she may perceive is not as bad as it seems. Remember, to them the danger – whatever it consists of – is very real and is eliciting an instinctive fight or flight reaction.

2 – Do not overreact. Most of the time, it isn’t necessary to call 911 unless the person having the attack has injured themselves or someone else. Paramedics won’t treat the attack any differently than a calm observer of the crowd would. The person dealing with the attack suffers embarrassment just as much as the attack when it’s happening. Shouting or yelling loudly with sirens in the background isn’t going to help. Move the person to a quiet place and wait with them until the panic attack has passed.

3 – People or Open Spaces may be the problem. Try to find a place to take the sufferer where they are not exposed to these two potential triggers (unless the attack occurs in a small space such as an elevator, where claustrophobia rather than agoraphobia may be a triggering factor). Gently but firmly insist to other members of the public who are not remaining calm that the incident is under control and that they should leave the area where the sufferer is. Make sure the sufferer is not unduly crowded.

4 – Determine if the person under attack is on medication and if so, help them locate it. Since while under attack they may recall what they are taking and the dosage, but where they put it may slip their mind. Reassurance will help to calm them down and it even will assist them to think more clearly, enabling them to find it. Your role is not to force them into looking for anything, but just to help them to remain calm.

5 – Stay with them until the attack passes. Attacks generally don’t last more than a half hour at best. Oftentimes, the attack will come to an end and the person will regain their ground within 15 minutes. Staying with the person will lessen the effects of the attack that they are feeling, knowing someone is nearby to help. Just give them some time to locate the medication.

To find out more how to Stop Panic Attacks, visit Yuval Harpaz’s site at and download a FREE self-help guide on how to Start Reducing Stress NOW for your needs.

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