- Fear of dying
- Feeling like you’re losing control
- A sense of detachment
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains or tightness
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Numbness or tingling in your extremities
- Feeling hot or cold
Helping someone who is having a panic attack
It’s understandable to feel frightened if someone you care about experiences a panic attack – especially if it seems to happen without warning. But it can help if you:
- Try to stay calm
- Gently let them know that you think they might be having a panic attack and that you are there for them
- Encourage them to breathe slowly and deeply – it can help to do something structured or repetitive they can focus on, such as counting out loud, or asking them to watch while you gently raise your arm up and down
- Encourage them to stamp their feet on the spot
- Encourage them to sit somewhere quietly where they can focus on their breath until they feel better.
You should never encourage someone to breathe into a paper bag during a panic attack. This isn’t recommended and it might not be safe.
Try to understand
- Find out as much as you can about anxiety. This will help you understand what they are going through. This website will give you personal stories about anxiety through video and blogging, this will be great help to people trying to understand anxiety.
- Ask about their experience. You could ask them how anxiety affects their day-to-day life, and what makes it better or worse. Listening to how they experience things could help you to empathise with how they feel. An estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression. Here you’ll find in-depth depression information including symptoms and Therapy.
- Persistently sad mood, “feeling blue”
- Feelings of hopelessness and a pessimistic outlook on life
- Guilty feelings, feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of libido
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Decreased appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other social activities
- Fatigue, decreased energy
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pains
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Depression and Suicide
Learn more about suicide, including who is at risk, warning signs, and when to call for medical assistance.