Our expert says:
Psychologist: It is often helpful to remain calm yourself. It is important to get her to sit down and if possible move her to a different room or away from anything in her environment that may be stressful (or noisy). Her breathing is likely to be quick and shallow, so get her to concentrate on her breath (also externalising her thoughts from thinking about anything catastrophic or terrible). Then ask her to slow her breathing, breathing deeper and measuring her breaths. You can get her to count her breathing: count to three breath in slowly....count to three breath out slowly. Continue this until she begins to feel calmer.
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