Recognizing Panic Attacks in Children, Teens

Children who have problems with anxiety (those who have school anxiety or separation anxiety, for instance) may also experience panic attacks.

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of terror and fear. It affects your mind as well as your body.

Some of the symptoms of a panic attack are:

  • a sense of unreality (feeling like what is happening is not real)
  • rapid heart rate
  • dizziness
  • difficulty breathing

When someone has a panic attack, he or she feels very uncomfortable and afraid. He or she may have a sense that something horrible is happening or about to happen.

You can imagine how a child would feel in the midst of a panic attack. Even adults who suffer from the attacks feel overwhelmed and even frightened, especially since a panic attack can seem like a heart attack at first.

As a parent of an anxious child, it’s important to know how your child will behave during a panic attack.

An article describes how panic attacks affect children and teens. It explains what parents should look out for, what a panic attack looks like, and how having panic attacks can affect a child or adolescent’s life. The article also includes some information on treatment for panic attacks and what your options are for helping your son or daughter to cope with anxiety.

If you would like to know more panic attacks in children and teens, you can read the article found at the link below.

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