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Bustle – What To Do If You’re Having A Panic Attack, According To Experts

Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D. speaking with Bustle about what to do if you are having a panic attack!

Panic attacks get worse when you continue to play negative thoughts inside your head. And although it may seem near impossible to just stop thinking negatively, Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D. and counselor, tells Bustle that writing down your thoughts can help stop a panic attack in its tracks. “This will help you objectively see the content of your thoughts so you can read them and ‘reframe’ them; meaning, dispute the thoughts,” she says. “Reframing will help you find more positive alternatives. If you have a friend that you can elicit to help you, ask them to listen to the thoughts you are having and help you reframe them.” Writing can also simply act as a method of venting, by pouring out your thoughts. Either way, it can be helpful to calming yourself down.

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