Want to find out how to destroy this ever-growing enemy of the self? Panic has always been an understatement. Most of the time, this is the cause of a situation’s downfall – a failed first impression to your boss, an embarrassing public speech and even a sudden accident befalling right in front of you.
A panicking person is often described as someone overwhelmed by the situation. Some say that it takes time to consider one panicking, but what if it’s already too late? A person in panic may experience already an onset feeling of anxiety right even before the occurrence of the panic stimulus. As the manifestations of his anxiety grow, the person will eventually exhibit signs of panic, as follows:
1. Thinned line of perception
2. Ineffective self-focus
3. Improper reaction to stimuli
4. Evident loss of rational thinking
5. Inability to recognize potential danger
6. Inability to communicate
7. Development of delusions/hallucinations
There are certain physical manifestations also that can be observed in a panicking person. He may stand still, appearing frozen. There is also increased pulse rate and blood pressure. Dilation of pupils is often seen accompanied with immobility and temporary muteness.
Now we know what to look for in a person suspected to be undergoing panic. Then, we must now know how to cope and aid this person to overcome his situation. There are certain types of anxiety coping techniques known already in different fields. But we must know the most applicable ones. There are certain actions that can be considered dysfunctional through which the intervention is not helping at all to solve the problem and these can even make new problems to develop leading to increased difficulty. Some are considered to be maladaptive in the sense that even though numerous attempts were already done, the anxiety level still does not decrease and it still persists.
We must know then that the most accessible actions for us in an immediate panic situation are the palliative interventions. They temporarily decrease the anxiety level but definitely do not solve the main problem. This makes it a possibility for the panic state to return though. Even so, these can make the person experiencing panic to return to his rational thinking even for a small amount of time. Thus, we must initiate then the adaptive actions. These definitely solve the problem causing the anxiety and thus make the person experience prolonged nature of objectivity, rationality and productivity.
Hence when we see a person already in a state of panic, we must remember first that we shall come ourselves before that person. Why is it so? Because instead of being helpful, you might push further the panic button and thus leading to a more delicate situation for the both of you. Take note that panic is never an ally, it is always an enemy.