Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Donna in Irvine, California. Can anxiety attacks happen to anyone?
New opportunities and environments and adjusting to change are sometimes frightening for an adult let alone a child. This leads us to the question, can anxiety attacks happen to anyone? And the answer is yes. An untold number of people suffer from panic attacks. While it is normal for kids to feel anxious when separated from parents on the first day of play group or school, if your child remains clingy and tearful beyond the regular timeframe of a week or two, it needs investigating.
During a panic attack, adults, teenagers, children and even our pets can hyperventilate and experience shortness of breath. Anyone can have these attacks, which can come on at any time. The attacks which come with trembling and sweating can cause feelings of embarrassment. These feelings can negatively affect a child or adult’s personal school and work related relationships. Because there are other health conditions that co-occur with panic disorder, these cause more stress and hinder the person’s quality of life.
It is important to address factors that make us vulnerable and to this end, we can change our thoughts and attitude about panic attacks. Breathing and relaxation techniques can be most effective when they are practiced correctly and regularly. A therapist can teach you how to control anxiety by using the correct breathing techniques.
To ease a panic attack, a quick remedy is to breathe as slowly and deeply as possible. Yoga, therapeutic stretching, massage and other forms of exercise can also perform wonders, and there are also supplements, which have beneficial psychological effects on people.