My Dad and Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia. Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without […]

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MORE THAN JUST A DISEASE RELAP...

Relapse can always bring a full stop to a refreshed curing therapy. What causes this to happen? As cited below through a few examples, are negative emotional states, physical discomfort, positive emotional states, conflicts with others etc.etc. Most important to remember is that relapse doesn’t mean that the treatment process is a failure or the […]

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ECT- A prompt and effective cu...

It’s a pity that even over 70 years after the first successful demonstration of its efficacy in the treatment of acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there is still very little informed public opinion about Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Although, it is a fact that ECT is one of the most effective method for treating severe […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life. According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average […]

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Beating Addiction Stigma and S...

Recent Post How to find the best psychiatric hospital in Bangalore? It also provides the facility for family members to stay along with the patient; who gives them a better understanding of the…….. Is Manic Depression Genetic/ Hereditary? A chemical known as serotonin in the brain, has strong affects on an individual’s mood. The abnormalities […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.

 

Observable symptoms:

  • Trembling and shaking
  • Sweating
  • Short breaths and sensations of choking
  • If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness and feeling unsteady, fear of losing control and dying, numbness and feelings of unreality and not able to think clearly.

 

First Aid and support:

  • Stay close to the person and calm them down
  • Take them to a quiet place
  • Ask if they take any medications for it usually. If yes, give them one.
  • Ask them what do they need instead of you assuming they might need
  • Talk normally, softly with reassurances like – You are going to get through this; concentrate on breathing and stay in the present.
  • Make them repeat few simple physical task like raising their arms above the head
  • Reduce the amount of stress and prevent the situation from getting worse.
  • Let them know that it is their thoughts which are bothering not the place and the feelings which they are having is scary but not dangerous.
  • Make the person accept the situation and know that it would not last for ever.
  • Meet the health care provider or a mental health professional at the earliest.

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