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Here are the resources we found for panic attacks for parents and families:
‘54321’: a simple relaxation strategy for times of anxiety or stress
(Featured resource)In this video, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith shares a simple ‘54321’ strategy for relaxation and grounding that can be particularly helpful at times of high anxiety or stress.
The Symptoms of General Anxiety and Panic Disorder
This video explains the symptoms of panic attacks and General Anxiety Disorder. It explains how you can help someone who is suffering from these conditions and how you may get help if you’re suffering from them yourself.
5 Panic Attack Myths
Many people don’t understand what panic attacks are, and because of this a lot of myths about panic attacks can spread. In this video, Kati Morton highlights 5 common myths about panic attacks. She debunks the idea that panic attacks are caused by stress or anxiety, that panic attacks will make you go crazy, that a panic attack is going to cause a heart attack, that panic attack are used as an excuse to get out of doing something we don’t want to do, and finally she debunks the myth that there isn’t any treatment for panic disorder.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
It can be really difficult when someone you care about is experiencing anxiety problems or panic attacks, but there are things you can do to help and support them. This webpage from mind contains a number of helpful tips plus tonnes of advice on how to help someone you care about who is experiencing anxiety or panic attacks.
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Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety
“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.
HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.