If one of your loved ones suffers from panic or anxiety attacks, you may feel frustrated and overwhelmed. You hate to see your loved one suffer, yet you don’t really understand what they’re going through. It can be hard to know how to help someone with anxiety. Here are some suggestions for you.
Caring for Loved Ones with Anxiety Attacks
1. Educate yourself about panic attacks. Learn all you can so as to better understand. Knowledge is power, and the more you learn, the more you can help.
Quicklinks for you:
What is Agoraphobia?
Depersonalization, what is it?
Will I die or go crazy from panic attacks?
What is OCD?
2. Get Help. Your loved one might be embarrassed or ashamed of her panic attacks, but keeping it a secret is not healthy. Enlist the help of a doctor or therapist and other support people in your family. Surround your loved one with a compassionate, caring community, not to coddle her, but to encourage and stand by her as she learns to face her fears and reclaim her life back.
Encourage your loved one to meet other local people who experience panic attacks, social anxiety, general anxiety, or agoraphobia by visiting: http://panicdisorders.meetup.com
For a list of recommended anxiety self help programs, click here.
3. Help Yourself. Try not to lose yourself in helping your loved one, or to let their anxiety disorder take over your life. You are only one person and cannot be there for your loved one 24/7. Remember to take care of yourself with adequate rest and nutrition, and by doing the things that you enjoy.
4. Take action. Ask your loved one what you can do for them to help alleviate the feelings of anxiety and panic.
Many panic attack sufferers turn to online panic attack treatment programs. When I started using Panic Away in January, my husband listened to the CD’s along with me. He read and studied the course materials in order to familiarize himself with my course of recovery.
Keeping these steps in mind will help you in caring for a loved one with anxiety and panic attacks.
I wish you peace,
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