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January 23rd, 2015 2:17am
Children usually have a tough time verbalizing what they really want to say, their thoughts and their emotions. When a child or adolescent deals with anxiety, the expression is in their behavior. Parents need to look for warning signs of anxiety and look for triggers that sets anxiety off within their children. Parents also need to step away from the situation and undo any pressure they have put on the child.
It's important that you make them aware of the situation, tell them what's going on. Maybe they can leave you alone for a bit, or help you calm down. They won't realize what they're doing unless you tell them.
The best time to talk to your parents (or any one else) about how to support you through your panic attacks is before you have one.
Find a time when you're relatively calm and think about what specific things you'd like your parent to do. For example, they could remind you to breathe, give you some space, or rest their hand on your back. If you don't yet know what works for you, suggest something they could try next time and see how it goes.
Having someone in your corner can make such a difference, so it's worth having an open conversation and making a plan together. That way, when panic attacks happen, your parent can be less of a hindrance and more of a help.
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