Panic attacks can suddenly make you feel very scared even when there’s no danger. They might make you think you’re having a heart attack or that you’re dying. Common signs include fast breathing, a pounding heart, feeling dizzy, and feeling very afraid. Most people might have a panic attack once or twice due to stress, but some have them often. It’s important to see a doctor if this happens, as treatments like therapy or medicine can help. Let’s learn how to handle these tough moments together.

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Inside a Teen’s First Panic

Karla Monterrosa’s animation “18 years old and I think I’m having a heart attack” visualizes an 18-year-old’s intense first encounter with a panic attack, capturing the raw emotions and physical sensations, as described in CBC Radio’sCampus. A deep dive into a young mind’s distressing experience.

Navigating Overthinking: Techniques for a Clearer Mind

“Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present” by Nick Trenton offers actionable strategies to combat the paralyzing effects of overthinking such as panic attack.

Panic Attacks Explained

What exactly are panic attacks?

Navigating Trauma: A Glimpse into ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, directed by Stephen Chbosky, delves into the life of Charlie, a teenager confronting unresolved trauma. The film poignantly captures Charlie’s panic attack, spotlighting the severe implications of untreated anxiety. A raw portrayal, it offers viewers a relatable insight into the complexities of panic disorders.

Cambodia’s ‘Wind Attack

A cultural lens on panic symptoms in the Cambodian context.

Eminem’s Anthem of Resilience

‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem delivers a message of confronting fears head-on, encouraging listeners to rise above challenges—resonating deeply with those facing panic attacks.

I’m not afraid
To take a stand
Come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just lettin’ you know that you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road

Grounding Techniques for Panic Attacks

Harnessing the power of the present moment can be an effective way to navigate through panic attacks. Here’s a simple technique to stay centered when anxiety hits.

Capturing Calm: A Photographic Journey Through Panic

Using photography as a lens to understand and visualize the calming moments amidst the storm of a panic attack.

Nadiya’s Journey: Confronting Anxiety and Panic Attacks

“Nadiya Hussain: Anxiety and Me” is a compelling BBC One documentary that delves into the personal struggles of the celebrated Bake Off winner with severe anxiety and panic attacks. It’s an eye-opening exploration of the broader issue, shedding light on a condition that affects millions. Through Nadiya’s story, viewers gain insights into the challenges of living with anxiety and the quest for effective treatments.

Navigating the Storm: The DARE Podcast on Anxiety

“DARE: Panic & Anxiety Relief Podcast” is a beacon for those grappling with anxiety, offering invaluable insights, coping techniques, and a sense of community for listeners. Dive in to discover strategies and stories that inspire hope and healing.

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“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

— Swedish proverb

In navigating panic attacks, remember: you have the strength to overcome. With patience, self-compassion, and support, you can lessen panic’s hold and reclaim empowerment. These moments don’t define you; they’re chapters in your ever-evolving journey towards peace and resilience.

This article was created in collaboration with Colorful Zone and Emily K. Adamites, who earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Bay Path University in Massachusetts.