The kid’s checklist for managing anxiety or panic attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks can be scary for kids and parents alike. But, there are things you can do in the moment to get through them!

By Monika Roots, MD

January 13, 2022

Don't Stress

Has your child or teen ever gotten really worked up about something and felt really overwhelmed? Has this ever happened to you as a parent? Have they ever said they have had an anxiety or panic attack? These attacks can be scary for kids and parents alike, but there are things you can do to help in the moment.

First, let’s define each:

If you or your child is trying to figure out which one is happening, the strongest indicator is how it comes on: Is it sudden or does it build slowly over time? Now that we determined if it’s an anxiety or panic attack, let’s talk about how to help. For anxiety attacks, much of what you can do is preventative:

For panic attacks, try these steps:

There are steps to help in the moment, but there are additional tools and techniques that can be helpful. Bend Health is here to teach you about anxiety and panic attacks, ways to prevent it and evaluate for medication if necessary. The first 30 days are free: Sign up here.

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