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Nurse's Notes June 2019

How to Stop a Panic Attack:

Know the signs - You don't have to be in a scary situation to have a panic attack. You could be on a hike, at a retaurant, or asleep in bed. All of a sudden you get a strong surge of fear. This triggers physical symptoms like a pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, chets pain or tembling. It can last 5 to 20 minutes. Once you learn to recognize when attacks are coming on, you find ways to stop them.

Talk to yourself - When you feel a panic attack coming on, remind yourself that you're feeling anxiety, and not real danger. You can even try directly addressing the fear. Practice a go to response like, "I am not afraid" or "This will pass."

Don't distract yourself - As tempting as it may b...


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