Now that we know how to identify anxiety, let us come down to its attacks.
Panic attacks are sudden and their occurance on a regular basis can give rise to panic disorder, and it can be so severe that you can have the need to be hospitalized,
Anxiety attcks however develop over time and take days, weeks or months and then can cause a sudden breakdown.
If you are suffering from any of these, please consult a psychologist or a person with expertise n the area.
Anxiety attacks are a royal pain in the butt because you know that there is nothing to be scared of mainly but your mind telling you otherwise really exhausts you. And being alone while having one or around people who don't have a clue how to help you is more terrifying and draining.
So down below are some ways to help people with anxiety attacks.
(It doesn't matter if you are personally having an attack or witnessing someone having one, do, or tell them to do the following)
name 5 things you can see
name 4 things you can feel
name 3 things you can hear
name 2 things you cansmell
name 1 thing that makes you happy
And people without constant anxiety, I hope you understand how to handle (due to the lack of a better word) the ones with it because how you react also plays as a catalyst for them tumbling down.
When a person with anxiety, hereby called PWA keeps asking you that "are you mad at me?", "did I do something?" or "do you hate me?" or some other variations, it's not because they don't trust you, its because their brain is repeatedly telling them that all the time!
Please be patient with PWA.
They say sorry because they genuinely think that they somehow made you angry or offended you.
They ask if you are annoyed by them because they genuinely think that you might be.
They say things are awkward because they feel uncomfortable no matter who they with. They didn't mean to offend you.
They don't text often because they think they'll look clingy. And if you don't reply once, they'll automatically think they've done something wrong.
They can be set off by little things so don't say they are overreacting when they are having an attack.
This brings me to the don'ts.
Relax. (Seriously, dude. If they could've, they would've).
Calm down! (They are trying, alright?)
Knock it off. (i would knock you if you talk to someone vulnerable like that)
It's not that bad. (did they ask you?)
you're overreacting. (and you're not helping)
you just want attention. (there are whole other ways to do that, but getting myself at my lowest in front of someone like you isn't one of them)
you're going to do that now? (oh, sorry, let me schedule my attack later to your convenience, wouldn'tthat be nice?)
You have nothing to panic about. (I know! That's what I'm trying to tell my brain.)
You just have to think happy thoughts. (I'm in no position to think right now, but thanks)
Why do you always ruin my good time? (Nah, I don't have anything to say about this. So done.)
A person having an anxiety attack is feeling life-threatening fear right now. It is a response that they have no control over, they aren't trying to get mind numbed or get into shock.
Please help your friends, loved one, or even a stranger when they are having an attack. It helps a lot.
So please be a good person.