Panic Attacks Treatment

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 them to see a health care provider right away.

2. Follow Up

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on January 16, 2020



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