15 Tips to Help a Person with Panic Attacks!

I am not a doctor or a psychologist so seek medical attention (Call 911) in any type of emergency!! This post is just my opinion on what a person could do to help someone who’s having a panic attack!!

My husband asked me recently for a step by step guide for how he can help me get through a panic attack. He also asked me to write a post on my blog because he’s sure there are a lot of people (He says guys especially) who have no idea how to help someone during a panic attack.

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I always try my very hardest to conceal my issues with Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks. I fear judgement. I fear that people/friends/family will abandon me because they don’t want to deal with my issues. I don’t want the label or the stigma of “it’s all in my head”.

Here is links to the lists of symptoms of these mental illnesses as defined by the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Anxiety

Symptoms of Panic Attacks

With in the last 6 months my panic attacks have increased from one every once in a while to multiple times a week. Unless you have been through a panic attack it is pretty hard to explain how it feels.  I suffer from Anxiety and depression. My depression feelings come and go through seasons of highs and lows. Although it’s usually tolerable with medicine. My Anxiety on the other hand a gotten progressively worse. I have yet to pinpoint a true honest reason as to why the sudden intense dramatic increase.

The panic attacks are fairly new for me. They sure do scare me. Logically you know that everything will be OK but your anxiety kicks into overdrive and throws every part of your being into panic mode.

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Why doesn’t he look Autistic??

Yes, I have actually been told that my 15 year old son does not look Autistic. My son Z has Asperger’s Syndrome (AKA – High Functioning Autism) & ADHD. How does an autistic person look?? Can you see Autism?? Do all people with autism look, act or speak the same way?? Every child/adult I have ever met that has some level of Autism is totally different from any other person with an Autism diagnosis. It is ridiculous to think that someone has to look a certain way to fit into what our society perceives should be mutually the same look for every other person with the same diagnosis. We are all humans. We are all different. It does not work that way.

It’s like saying some one doesn’t have diabetes just because they don’t look like they do.

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There are so many levels of Autism. It is impossible to fit them all into one category with one single diagnosis that always presents with the same list of symptoms. Each and every one of those autistic people presents their Autism differently.

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Every person with Asperger’s is different. It is mainly a social awkwardness that follows with a list of different quirks and differences from those within their same age group. My sons has most of the “Usual” symptoms of Asperger’s. But he also has a lot of quirks that aren’t on the list.

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5 of My Favorites Things I Use All the Time!

Hello World – I have not fallen off the planet 😉 LOL Just enjoying summer with my kids.

I wanted to share a few items that I love and can not live without. ❤ I have not been paid by anyone to share with these items with you. I myself like to know that someone else has bought, used & loves a product.  Before I go out and buy it myself.

Shark Lift Away Deluxe Vacuum

96-913-023-01Of course mine is purple ❤ I had been buying the $99 big box store vacuums for years and kept having to replace them the following year. I bought this about 5 moths ago. My favorite thing is the suction power and my least favorite thing is manually rolling up the cord. LOL. But it is a great vacuum for the great price. I shopped around for awhile and found myself a great deal. It is amazing what it picks up and there are so many ways to use this vacuum you can get every nook and cranny of your house done with this machine. The canister looks small but it holds a ton of dirt. Love that the handle comes off to use the attachments and the canister/motor lifts away so that you can get under the furniture. It is amazing how many different ways you can use clean with this machine  ❤ I love vacuuming. It is so gratifying. ❤

Scunci Everyday & Active No Damage Braided Hair Ties

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Oh My Gosh – If you have thick hair like I do. Go get these awesome hair ties. They actually hold thick hair and don’t break because they are braided. I LOVE these and they cost under $3  ❤

 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

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This stuff is Amazing!! You use it in the shower after you shampoo. Leave it in for 3 minutes. I usually do the body wash and shave my legs and figure that takes me at least 3 minutes. You hair is so smooooth and smells Beautiful too ❤ I go months between haircuts so this is great to soften and smooth the craze in between cuts. Also under $5 ❤

LG Stylo Phone

 

lg-g-stylo-sprint-pressI love my phone ❤  We do no contract plans because that is what we can afford. But this phone is great. It is an android that automatically updates when the newest version of android comes out. It has its own stylus and storage inside the phone for the stylus at the top. It has gorilla glass and I have dropped it numerous times with no problems cracking. It is great. I am not sure which companies allow you to use this phone but if you do no contract. Which is a heck of a lot cheaper. Look for this phone. We use  Boost Mobile . But to each their own 😉  Retails around $130 but watch for sales and you can get it for less 😉

Nikon Coolpix L830

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Love my Camera & the fact that it is also purple ❤ See a theme 😉 It is a point and shoot camera but takes great pictures for the average Mom like me. It is user friendly and has a nice zoom lens. I am happy with the quality 16 MP images and the ease of use of this camera. The 3 inch screen on the back is great and it also takes video 🙂  I have owned this for about a year and a half and love it. Fills up my kids scrapbook quite well with los of great photos!!

Again these are items I own and love. No one asked me to brag about them or review them. I use the all these things quite often. I have had my fair share of items I’ve bought that were crap. But sometimes I get lucky and find some good ones 🙂   Retails around $150. Watch for sales & you’ll get better prices.

Come Back soon to see a photo of me  🙂 ❤ You know you want too 🙂

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How to Help a Friend who has Anxiety!!

I have suffered from depression and anxiety for close to 17 years. The traumatic death of my infant daughter is where my story with mental illness began. Her Story Here! One can not go through something as significant as losing a child unscathed. At least that is when the anxiety creeped slowly into my life. The depression was there long before but I was too young to know.

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Everybody’s anxiety affects them differently. I can only speak from my perspective and how anxiety affects me. These are things that people have done to help me get through my difficult anxiety ridden days.

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When Anxiety Attacks!!

There I was standing in the grocery store check out lane. Chatting nicely with the cashier as she chirped all my food through the cash register. It wasn’t until she had told me the total for my groceries that I thought “Oh My Gosh” I could not believe I had accidently forgot my purse & wallet at home. The tears started welling up in my eyes & I was feeling like a complete idiot. I whispered asking her to please cancel my order. I apoligised profusely and left with out looking back at the incredibly long line of people behind me. I got into the car and held back my anxiety attack the best I could because I had all 3 of my children with me. Anxiety attacks are terrible but holding one back is horrendously difficult. I tried to call my best friend…my husband. Neither one answered. Adding yet another layer of panic the proverbial cherry on top. I had no one to blame but myself. I forgot. People forget things all the time. But in that moment I felt so alone & panicked.

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