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Tips to Support Someone Having a Panic Attack
- May 11, 2021
There are ways to support your loved one through a panic attack. Here's how.
By David Levine | May 11, 2021, at 4:33 p.m.
Suggest seeing a mental health professional.
If panic attacks are a recurring problem for the person and are interfering with their life, reconnect after their acute anxiety symptoms have subsided and suggest they seek help from a mental health professional.
“The good news is that anxiety is highly treatable, through cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medication,” Rego says. “Short-term treatments can help them become panic-free relatively quickly.”
Kissen agrees: “It’s one of most treatable and quickest to treat conditions. When you learn how to move through it, you can see rapid progress.”
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Kissen is the CEO of Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center of Chicago. She is also the co-chair of the Anxiety Depression Association of America Public Education Committee.
Rego is chief of psychology at Montefiore Medical Center and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.