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How do I tell my parents and family that I am having panic attacks?

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Last Updated: 11/16/2015 at 3:18pm
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January 14th, 2015 8:08pm
It is really amazing to hear that you want to be open with your parents about your panic attacks. I know that talking to your parents about emotional things can be really challenging sometimes. I would be as honest as you can be. Say it as it is. If I was you I would maybe say something like: "I have been having panic attacks. I really just wanted to tell you." If you need something from them to help you, you can add that in there as well. As always, remembering to say things simply for better communication is helpful. If they are having trouble understanding what panic attacks are or how to deal with them or just want more information you could give them this link or check it out yourself: . I hope that telling them of your struggle with panic attacks starts or continues you on a journey of healing.
April 13th, 2015 8:27pm
Sit them down and ask them if anyone in your family has had these experiences. Sometimes, we can avoid things if people around us have gone through it. If they haven't then explain what you have been going through.
May 11th, 2015 2:07pm
Call a family meeting right? Come prepared have facts , like notes and all that then explain it to them that you are having it hopefully they'll understand.
June 8th, 2015 4:42am
Being honest to yourself and your loved ones is important. Value the safety of your emotions, sharing really helps
September 7th, 2015 1:05am
I think being open and honest is the easiest way :) it's nothing to be ashamed of. Pick a good time, eg- not when dad gets home from a bad day at work. And just tell them you have something to tell them and then just go ahead, take deep breaths and just tell them " I've been having panic attacks, and I'm reaching out for help because I trust you"
November 13th, 2015 9:53am
You just be honest with them, they are your parents and family am sure they will do everything in your best interest to help you get through the attacks.
November 16th, 2015 3:18pm
You let them down easily. You have to communicate with them on a personal level. And tell them it's hard for both of you.