Posted by: Terry | 2008/07/21

Anxiety/Panic Attacks

How does one interact with a close relative who suffers anxiety and panic attacks when they become clingy and keep telling you how bad they feel and how lonely they are, and they76 don' t understand why they are like this. Do you sympathise or do you adopt a firm approach and while being sympathetic zat the same time make it clear you are not happy with their clingy/dependant attitude and tell them to get involved with a therapy group/old friends etc.

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You tell them, calmly, pleasantly, bu firmly, that they have a disorder which will respond very well inded to proper treatment, and that you, not being a qualified shrink, cannot handle this or provide what they need, but you will gladly help her to make an appointment to se a good local psychiatrist for a full assessment and treatment. YOu tell them that often such a condition arises for largely chemical reasons, and one may not be able to understand WHY it has arisen, but fortunately you don't need to understand WHY to be able to clear it up.

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