When Someone Is Having a Panic Attack, It Can Be Hard to Know How to Help—Start With These 10 Phrases

“I’m here for you. Tell me what you need.” This statement lets the person know you care and will be there for them. “Rather than assuming what they might want or need, ask them so you can best meet their needs,” Joyce Marter, licensed psychotherapist and author of The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life, explains. “You might ask if they would like to lay down, need some air or water, or if they would like you to sit close to them or give them space.

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