1. Calm the Person
- Ask the person what you can do to help.
- Reassure the person that the attack will probably pass in a few minutes.
- Encourage the person to take slow, even breaths.
- Do not minimize the person's symptoms.
- If they've had a panic attack before, ask them what helped them through it.
- If unable to calm the person, take him or her to see a health care provider right away.
2. Follow Up
- See a health care provider if the person has had more than one panic attack. This can lead to problems such as depression, agoraphobia (fear of open or public spaces), or substance abuse.