Counseling anxiety, panic, social anxiety Phoenix Arizona

Coping with the Pandemic can be overwhelming for parents and youth. It is important to tell your children that it will end at some point and this will not be forever.

Panic attacks are periods of heightened fear that comes out of know where. During a panic attack your child or adolescent teen may experience any of the following feelings: a need to leave or escape, sweating, a feeling of danger, trembling, feel like he or she is choking, chest pain or tightness, abdominal issues, abdominal discomfort and or feeling nauseated, light headed feelings, a feeling of dizziness, feeling unreal, a fear of dying, chills or heat flashes, a feeling like warm candle wax is dripping down your body. 

Many children and adults try and fight the panic or avoid the panic and this only makes the panic exponentially bigger and more intense and may increase the frequency of panic attacks.

Learning about the physiology of panic. Some sensations are due to over breathing, some is due to a decrease in blood flow, in the face of danger the heart beats faster to supply more oxygen to fuel you for a perceived battle or real battle.

Progressive relaxation is an excellent skill to learn to relax all parts of the body. When the physical body is relaxed the mind will follow. Body scanning helps children and teens become more aware of there body parts and sensations which is important for peace and relaxation.

Children and teens can learn about false alarms in relation to panic and panic attacks. A panic attack is really like a false alarm going off in your mind.

Panic attacks can morph into panic disorders depending on how often a child or teen thinks about hating panic and avoiding certain activities to assist in getting rid of panic. The more we avoid the panic the more intense it will become.

Body sensations and thoughts and behaviors all feed each other to maintain panic attacks. Panic attacks are a dynamic process made up of; Thoughts, sensations and behaviors.

Earning short term rewards is important for children and teeens. Most children and teen adolescents need a reward or an incentive or compensation to feel motivated.

Pushing through the panic will help alleviate it. Continue to participate in an activity even when perceived panic rears it’s ugly head. Do not let the panic interfere with your activity. Re Directing ones energy is helpful to shrink panic and panic attacks for children and teenagers.

Creating a mantra that helps with the panic and dread is fear. It should be unique to each child like: this will pass, I can handle this, this is a false alarm, this is uncomfortable but not dangerous, I am ok, I go this, bring it on. The challenge is remember to use the mantra to fight panic. One can use sticky notes or a bracelet or rubber band or a washable marker to remind self to use the mantra.

There are many techniques to help manage panic attacks for children and adolescents.

www.lifeworksaz.com has been working with panic attacks and anxiety in children and teens for over 15 years in Phoenix, Scottsdale and , Chandler, Arizona.

Keep a work routine and a structured online school routine. Do not treat this time as a vacation time. There should be a time to awake and a time for sleep and a time to eat and work. There must also be a time for physical activity. Physical activity can be : dancing, pushups, yoga, activities on you tube, exercise videos, etc.

Set limits on the news and media re: the pandemic. A lot of exposure to the news will create a great deal of anxiety for young children, teens, as well as adults.

Stay connected to loved ones: family, friends via phone or video chat .

Allow your children to express feelings of grief and loss due to not being able to attend activities they wanted to attend. For children this may ne a big deal and can be very scary for them. They may be feeling: sadness, anger, fear, and many other feelings. Take time to empathize with your children and teenagers.

Stress from isolation and lifes unpredictability can feed anxiety and anxiety disorders and make them feel much worth. Risk of depression also are on the rise due to a lack of activities and social isolation. A professional mental health expert is advised to address depression and anxiety in teens and should not be dismissed or ignored.

Responsible and reasonable social distancing as well as directions from health experts is healthy to communicate with your children and teenagers.

Parents can work on not passing anxiety on to your children. Talking about worst case scenarios will create fear and anxiety in your children.David at www.lifeworksaz.com has expertise working with: youth< adults and families. He has extensive experience with mood management, managing anxiety, managing depression, managing behaviors, relationships, family issues and more

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.