Growing up isn’t easy. This is especially true if your child suffers from mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety. These conditions have become increasingly more common as a result of the pandemic, with children staying inside and taking classes virtually. Not to mention other factors such as returning to the classroom, making friends in person again, and readjusting to everyday life. If your child is suffering from panic attacks, this is the article for you.
One of the best ways to lower your child’s risk of having a panic attack is to respect their feelings and emotions and practice open communication. Encourage your child to have open conversation with you regarding your feelings and their current mental state. Not only will these conversations give you insight as to what they are going through as a parent, but it will help encourage open communication if improvements or declines are experienced in the future.
Tracking triggers is another great way to decrease the risk of having a panic attack. When your child experiences, panic attack, keep a journal or a notebook outlining possible triggers that have brought on the attack. Oftentimes these triggers will repeat themselves. You, as a parent, can do your best to avoid them.
Establish a Daily Routine
Children who suffer from anxiety typically benefit from having set morning and nighttime routines. Try practicing a solidified morning and nighttime routine with your child to help get them acclimated to start and finish the day on a positive note. This will help set them up for success, as well as bond your relationship closer as you navigate their anxiety and panic disorder together.
Practice Positive Self-Talk
The way in which we talk to ourselves is even more important than the way others communicate with us! Practice positive self-talk with your child to help encourage them to celebrate wins, identify challenges, and communicate their emotions confidently. The best way to do that is by building by example. As their parent, try to practice positive self-talk when referring to your body image, career, success, friendships, and close relationships.
Be a Role Model
While supporting your child who is suffering from anxiety and panic disorder might feel like a full-time job, make sure to practice self-care as well. The way in which we care for ourselves will serve as a positive example for our children as they navigate challenging times in their lives.
Seek Professional Help When Needed
Of course, seeking professional help when needed is a great way to ensure your child gets the best care possible. Use all of the pointers above to inform your pediatrician or psychiatrist about your child’s current state of emotions. Remember, the more information you can relay, the better!
We hope this article helped you better understand how to support your child who is suffering from panic disorder and anxiety attacks. Contact NeuroBehavioral Associates today to connect with a practitioner who can help you navigate your child’s journey to recovery.