How to Support Someone Having an Anxiety Attack

Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the U.S. adult population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Sometimes, a person feeling an overwhelming amount of anxiety or stress will experience an anxiety attack.

The signs of an anxiety attack can include:

  • An increase in heart rate. Sometimes, you might think you are having a heart attack.
  • Feeling very worried or fearful.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tense muscles.
  • Not feeling comfortable in your own skin.
  • Nausea or a stomachache.
  • A dry mouth.
  • A sense of detachment from what’s going on around you


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