I believe people suffering from mental illness need all the support their family and friends can give them. They need to fill their “Bag of tricks” with ideas to help them survive any holiday that triggers extreme ups or downs for them. I am honored to re-blog this information.
Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Racing heart
- Shallow, rapid breaths
- Tunnel vision
- Sweaty palms
- Feeling faint
- Nausea, vomiting
- Fear of going crazy
- Shaking, tremors
- Increased sensitivity to sound, lights, touch
- Inability to focus or concentrate
There is usually a precipitating factor or something that has caused or is causing the panic attack to occur. Or fear about future events or a future incident can incite an attack.
One way of dealing with it is to distract yourself from thinking about said event by reading a book, watching a show or playing a game. Draw, paint, listen to music or go for a relaxing walk. Find something to distract youself from your anxiety producing thoughts.
Another way to cope is to take a short nap. Sometimes your brain just needs a break and it is okay to give it one. Just make sure not to overdo this one…
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