Panic is our body’s response to a situation we see as frightening. Signs of a panic attack are:
Racing or pounding heart
Trembling or shaking
Breathing difficulty
Chest pain, pressure or discomfort
Dizziness, feeling light-headed or faint
Fear of dying or that you’re having a heart attack
Desire to escape the situation
What can be done?
It’s important to know that panic attacks can be treated and that people can and do recover. Many people who experience panic may avoid situations which may trigger an attack, like driving or shopping centres. This is unhelpful because it re-enforces that there is something to be afraid of.
What help is there?
Using relaxation, breathing and monitoring apps may help to calm the individual. See:
Grounding Techniques can also help to keep someone in the present. They help reorient a person to the here-and-now and in reality. Grounding skills can help manage overwhelming feelings or intense anxiety. They help someone to regain their mental focus from an often intensely emotional state.
For further advice & support contact EAP Assist.