In this brief guide, we will cover how to help someone who is having a panic attack, what to do to help them through the panic attack and what aid you can provide after the panic attack is over if you have an ongoing relationship with them.
It is important to remind the person having a panic attack that they are in no way obligated to stay where they are. They can leave if they are panicking about something or feel uncomfortable. Absolutely don’t pressure them to do something they don’t want to do.
Do assure them there is nothing to be afraid of. Someone experiencing a panic attack will probably find it a lot harder to rationalize the fact that there’s no real reason to be panicking, that’s the sad truth. Remind them they are completely safe and that you are there to help them through this.
Do let them know that it’s only temporary. Panic attacks don’t and will never last forever. Despite the terrible mental state the sufferer might be in, it’s comforting to know that it will go away soon. Always help them practice breathing exercises.