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Panic Attacks

1. Calm the Person

Ask the person what you can do to help.
Reassure the person that the attack will probably pass in a few minutes.
Encourage the person to take slow, even breaths.
Do not minimize the person's symptoms.
If unable to calm the person, take him or her to see a health care provider right away.

2. Follow Up

See a health care provider if the person has had more than one panic attack. This can lead to problems such as depression, agoraphobia (fear of open or public spaces), or substance abuse.
The health care provider may refer the person to a mental health professional for therapy and medication.

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