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How To Help Your Teen With Panic Attacks

By Paul Cruz

At some point in our lives, most people experience stress, fear, anxiety or all of these. Although those are normal reactions in the face of life threatening situations, some people experience them more frequently than others do. Most people will experience terror in the event of an assault, violent situation, motor vehicle collision or another similar situation, but others experience it when dealing with their normal day-to-day activities. This condition is known as panic disorder and manifests in panic attacks. These episodes are not life threatening, though they may be experienced as such by the sufferer.

It is not unnatural to be anxious. It is how people respond to situations where they feel threatened. It can assist the mind and body to be prepared to defend itself in times of danger. When there is no imminent danger and the body reacts in this way, this can be construed as a panic attack. It is reported that only three percent of people living in the western world have this condition.

Most often, it is not necessary to seek treatment. Children and adults may suffer from this and it can impede the social life of the sufferer. If someone suffers from this then supportive family and friends can be of great value.

An episode usually occurs unexpectedly, without any warning. The first sign is a racing or pounding heart (palpitations), or a feeling that the heart is missing beats or even stopping. Tremors or shaking and a numb feeling in the extremities, fingers and toes usually accompany this.

Things can seem very unreal to the person who suffers from these episodes. They may think that they are not real and it is common that they could feel like they may die during the episode. One of the overwhelming feelings they may have is the need to escape. In such an instance, they may become aggressive to anyone who is in the way or escape. These feelings are very real to the person suffering from it but may seem completely irrational to other people. When it is safe to do so then allow them to escape from their circumstances. It is an important key factor to distract them.

It is common for one to feel as though they may die during a panic attack. Things may seem unreal and the sufferer may even doubt that he or she is real. The need to escape may be overwhelming and if is common to feel aggressive towards anyone who stands in their way or escape. The fear may seem irrational to others, but it is very real to the sufferer. Allow them to escape from the situation if it is at all possible or safe for them to do so. It is important to distract them.

There will not be many places they can hide during a panic attract. Places like this would be like airports and large shopping malls, where there are many strangers. Unknown places may have the same effect.

If panic attacks occur alongside other psychological or behavioral problems such as underachievement at school, sleep disturbances, depression or self-harm, it is time to call a mental health professional. Several behavioral therapies are helpful in treating the disorder and medications such as beta-blockers have been found to be helpful without causing harmful side effects. It is important not to take any medication unless prescribed by your healthcare provider, as it may contraindicate other conditions.

Locate the right tips about panic attacks by searching online for assistance. There you will find many articles that will give you methods to use. Head online to learn more now.

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Cruz, Paul "How To Help Your Teen With Panic Attacks." How To Help Your Teen With Panic Attacks. 25 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 20 Jan 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/yoga/how-to-help-your-teen-with-panic-attacks/>.

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