04-01-2019 12:02 PM - edited 15-01-2019 02:07 PM
Panic attacks are overwhelming to go through and can affect anyone, not just those that live with mental health issues. It can be very difficult to see someone you care for in a moment of a panic attack. In this Topic Tuesday we will discuss insights that will help you better support a loved one who experiences panic attacks.
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22-01-2019 07:00 PM
Thanks all for joining in on tonight’s Topic Tuesday about supporting a loved one through panic attacks. This is something that I think a lot of us can relate to as you don’t just have to be a carer to help someone with a panic attack and your loved one doesn’t have to have a specific diagnosis to be affected by these. Perhaps you yourself as a carer have even had them. So let’s explore together to help us, help others the best way we can.
In terms of tonight’s structure, I’ll be posting some information and insights with questions every 10 or so minutes to get a conversation going. Share your thoughts, advice and feelings so we can collaborate on this subject 😊
Just a reminder as well that our content team will be checking out our discussion after the night and will use some of your wonderful insights to help put together a SANE blog post to highlight helpful tips, strategies and thoughts on supporting loved one’s dealing with panic attacks. Quotes will be completely de-identified, your forum username will not be used and therefore your anonymity maintained and respected. If for some reason you do not want any posts quoted, please feel free to e-mail email@example.com
SO lets start off by sharing what it is that comes to mind when we mention panic attacks and our loved ones?
22-01-2019 07:03 PM
22-01-2019 07:06 PM
Hi @Shaz51! Thanks for joining 😊 Do you want to tell us (me so far! but others as they come in!) what comes to mind for you when we say panic attacks and our loved ones?
22-01-2019 07:11 PM
It's a bit of a slow start tonight - might just give it 4 more minutes before we head into the first discussion topic to allow some more people to come through 💫
22-01-2019 07:16 PM
@LauzI didn`t know about Panic attacks with my mr shaz
but one day while mowing , mr shaz started whipper snipping and could not move , it seems like he was glued to the spot , at first i did not know what to do !!
and then I said to sit for a little while
but he got worse
22-01-2019 07:17 PM - edited 22-01-2019 07:17 PM
Great to have you along @Darcy!
Let's get into a discussion area and others can come along 😃
By definition a panic attack is a sudden rush of intense anxiety or fear together with a surge of frightening physical sensations and thoughts. They can be short, sometimes out of the blue and scary. But even with definitions, they will all be and look different for everyone.
Here is a little excerpt from an article on bustle: "All panic attacks do not look alike," Dr. Caitlin Simpson, director of clinical operations at Footprints to Recovery (American organisation). "While symptoms may be similar, they are often experienced differently from person to person. There are multiple symptoms that can be experienced during a panic attack, and therefore some people may experience some symptoms while others do not."
In your relationship with a person you care for or about, what has a panic attack looked like? I thought by sharing these visual insights, we can learn some of the physical warning signs that tell us a panic attack may be happening.
22-01-2019 07:19 PM
That's interesting @Shaz51 and also scary I can imagine!
So you noticed he was still? Couldn't move? What other signs were you noticing that this could perhaps be a panic attack?
22-01-2019 07:20 PM
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