If you have come across, or you have interacted closely with an individual who has a panic disorder, then you have the experience of how frightening and disrupting the episodes can turn out to be. In most instances, the attacks will come without warning and they will instill a certain feeling of terror in a person. If an individual experiences this over time, they will develop intense anxiety in between episodes. This is due to the constant worries that they will go through the same experience. This is why it is important, that one learns how they can respond to such a situation if it occurs.

The most important thing that one is supposed to remember is that, one needs to stay calm when someone experiences the panic attacks in their presence otherwise, they may end up making that person even more anxious. The simple steps that are highlighted below will go a long way in helping someone deal with a panic attack.

Panic Attack

Recognise the situation

It is not possible to offer help to someone if you do not understand what a panic attack is and what are its common symptoms. A panic attack is characterised by the development of fear of a disaster happening, even if there is no real danger. The attack can last for between 5 minutes to an hour. Some of the common symptoms include, sensational chocking, complains of one having a dry mouth, sweating, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, hot flashes and trembling.



Always ask the right questions

When one is experiencing a panic attack, it usually is very difficult for them to focus clearly. This is why it is vital that you ask only the necessary and most important questions. Always inquire about what might be the cause of the attack. If the victim does not know what caused the attack, then do not be persistent in your questioning.

Eliminate or remove the cause

At this stage, it is either you get rid of the trigger or you take the victim to a different area away from the cause of the attack. The place should be calm and open. Always obtain permission from the individual before touching them, because if you do not, you may end up scaring them further and worsening the situation.

Talk to the person in a calm and reassuring way

Although it may be difficult for you, you will be required to remain as calm, reassuring and composed as possible. Seek to assure them that everything is okay. Repeat this words until the individual feels comfortable and steadily the symptoms will mellow away.

Keep them cool

It is common that a person who has had a panic attack may have some warmth on their face and neck. You are advised to use a warm cloth, to wipe them to minimise the severity of the attack. Make them take a glass of cold water, but ensure that they sit upright in the first place.

Stay with them

The best thing that you can do to an individual who has had a panic attack is keeping them company unless they request otherwise. Do this until they are back to their usual self.


Seek medical help

If the attack is severe or the symptoms do not go away after an hour, consider seeking medical attention.…