When Someone Is Having a Panic Attack, It Can Be Hard to Know How to Help—Start With These 10 Phrases 

By Kaitlin Vogel  October 21, 2021

“There is situational anxiety and overall background anxiety,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Panic attacks are the highest and shortest form of anxiety, and can be really intense. Fortunately, as most panic attack sufferers know, these attacks are never even remotely that dangerous. For some people with panic attacks, a single trip to the ER or their doctor, can often confirm that there is nothing to fear medically or physically. As Franklin D Roosevelt once said, we have ‘nothing to fear but fear itself.’ In the case of panic attacks, it is the very fear of having one that often brings one on. So it is essential to break this cycle, by realizing nothing material or physical, besides fear, will come of it.”

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