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AOL – 3 easy ways to stop a panic attack, fast

Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., spoke with AOL about ways to stop a panic attack.

Unless you’ve experienced one yourself, it’s hard to understand the terrifying sensation of a panic attack. Psychologist Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D. describes it as “an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.” You might also notice heart palpitations, an increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, and feeling like you are detached from yourself or reality. (We told you it was scary.) And although most episodes subside within 20 minutes, there are a few things you can do to ease the process (for yourself or someone else experiencing it). Here, three techniques that can help during a panic attack.

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