How to Control Panic Attacks

In this article, I’ll be discussing some of the simple steps you can take to help your child take back control of their life, by beating the gremlins that are causing the fear.

One of the most important things to remember, is that trying to avoid the onset of a panic attack, will only cause it to happen more frequently.

Their mind will be constantly worrying about whether the current situation is likely to be dangerous, rather than having a great time.

Their sub-conscious will be constantly flicking through their memory banks, searching to make sure that this situation doesn’t compare to any situation they’ve been in previously that resulted in a panic attack, or time of likely danger.

Because they’re so keen to avoid these situations, their mind develops links to other things. Things that really, don’t have any connection.

This causes them to become anxious, then fearful of another attack, so they leave the area and put another item in the ‘things to avoid’ column of their existence.

The way past this, is to try to get them to identify why this situation is not longer a threat to them.

One of the quickest ways to do this, is for them to ask themselves, “What’s the worst that can happen to me?”

By trying to find the worst case scenario in a situation, they’ll start to see it in a rational light, rather that one that’s clouded by unconscious fear.

If this doesn’t work as well as you expected and they begin to feel the initial symptoms of a panic attack, there are two important things that will usually help;

 

Try to relax –

Although it almost seems impossible to relax during an attack, it’s crucial that they don’t submit themselves to their emotions. Remind them to breathe slowly and deeply. Slow, deep breathing, helps calm them and relaxes the mind and body. It’ll also distract their attention from the attack, which helps them recover faster.

 

Think positively –

It’s important to help them stay focused; you have to be in control. Keep reminding them, that thousands, or possibly millions of people do this thing they’re scared of, and never come to any harm.

Their negative thoughts feed the panic. The initial trigger only starts the attack, it’s their fear of the symptoms that help it build in strength. By helping them positively take control over their fear and reminding them that no one ever came to any harm from a panic attack, they’ll slowly learn to overcome it

Remind them that anxiety attacks don’t generally last very long, so there’s no reason to feel like their world is over.

It’d be great to hear your panic beating experiences. Share your knowledge and help others be just as successful.

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Steve, the Founder of Teen Anxiety UK, has been writing books and articles about various aspects of Psychology since 2006.

His formal qualifications include Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Child Psychology.

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