Panic Attacks

A panic attack is when your body experiences a rush of intense mental and physical
symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason.
A panic attack can be very frightening and distressing (1) .

Symptoms may include (1 ):

  • A Racing heartbeat.
  • Feeling faint/dizzy
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath

Things you can try yourself (1):

  • Don’t fight the attack – remind yourself that it will pass.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Stay where you are, if possible.
  • Focus on positive, peaceful, relaxing images.
  • Remember it’s not life threatening.

Helping someone who is having a panic attack (2) :

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Gently let them know that you’re there for them.
  • Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths – It can help to count out loud, or ask them to watch while you gently raise your arm up and down.
  • Encourage them to sit somewhere quietly until they feel better.

*The information above has been taken directly from trusted websites to provide a basic
introduction to the topic of panic attacks. The experience can be very individual and so it
may not completely apply to every person or situation.

The iSupport team are not health professionals and so this information should not  replace seeking medical advice.

REFERENCES
1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/panic-disorder/
2. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types- of-mental- health-problems/anxiety- and-
panic-attacks/for- friends-family/#.WqRb5OjFKUk