She’s trembling, she can’t breathe, and she’s hyperventilating, all at the same time. She panics, you panic.
We went to a Medical Professional and he prescribed some medications which have helped. Not being a big fan of relying solely on medications, we try alternative methods, meditation, and just learning to cope with the disease.
Although stress and anxiety exacerbate the likelihood of having a panic attack, the attacks can happen at any time, even during sleep.
They can be scary, for the person having it and the one witnessing it.
When it’s your child who is out of control, it’s easy to be scared and to feel powerless.
Thirty percent of children with ADHD are also diagnosed with anxiety.
Here are some Tips
Each child is different, so it is best to have a toolbox of anti-anxiety techniques. Here are a few ideas to try. When you find something that works, keep it and use it. The routine, pattern, and regular response can be calming in itself.
- Stay with her and keep calm.
- Move her to a quiet place.
- Breathe with her, slowly.
- Speak in short, simple sentences.
- Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
- Have her notice something she sees or smells.
- Try distracting her with music
Have her look at you and say a few comforting things:
- “You can get through this.”
- “I am proud of you. Good job.”
- “Tell me what you need now.”
- “Concentrate on your breathing. Stay in the present.”
- “What you are feeling is scary, but it is not dangerous.”
- “You’ve got this and I’m with you.”
Let her know that this is how anxiety works. Explain that panic wants you to avoid things, but the more you avoid, the worse the panic grows.
The best way to defeat the panic is to face it head on and continue with your life, as hard as that can be.
It does get easier,,,