Bustle – How To Calm Down During A Panic Attack, According To Science

Dr. Forshee teaches Bustle readers what a panic attack is and how to calm down during one.

Because a panic attack is anything but pleasant. “A panic attack is a sudden urge of fear and distress that takes over and makes you feel loss of control and intense fear,” psychologist Dr. Danielle Forshee tells Bustle. It can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, a pounding heart, tingling sensations in the body, nausea, sweating, and even a sense that you’re going to die, Dr. Forshee says. (Even though that’s not actually going to happen.)

If you have panic attacks regularly, definitely seek the help of a therapist, so they can address the underlying anxiety or panic disorder that’s causing them. And, in the meantime, don’t forget to give a few of these science-backed tips a try. They might be just what you need to feel better.

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