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Stress Awareness Month – How Can You Help a Parent Who Has Panic Disorder?

Elderly Care in Marlton NJ: How Can You Help a Parent Who Has Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder occurs when anxiety attacks occur frequently. These attacks often strike out of the blue with no apparent reason. Doctors can rule out chronic conditions and diseases that can cause the same symptoms. If other issues have been ruled out, panic and anxiety may be the diagnosis.

When your parent has panic disorder, it’s hard to watch. It’s also hard to know how to help. What’s important to know is that there are ways to help.

Walk Them Outside

Many people who suffer from anxiety attacks find that a blast of cold air helps. If it’s cold outside, walk your parent outside for fresh air. Standing in cold air for a few minutes often helps ease the anxiety and end hyperventilation.

If it’s too warm, an ice cold washcloth can help. Standing in front of an air conditioner can also help draw your parent out of the anxiety attack.

Draw Your Parent Back to You

As a wave of intense fear takes over, your parent may feel trapped in a tunnel. Your mom or dad sees and hears you, but they feel isolated. They feel like you can’t see or hear them. Sometimes, tunnel vision simply needs to pass. It will.

It often helps if you attempt to draw your parent out of it. One of the best ways to do this is ask a simple question. “What were you thinking of when the anxiety set in?” It refocuses the brain. Your mom or dad has to stop and think about what happened before the anxiety attack.

Seek Expert Care

Doctors may want to prescribe antidepressants to help ease anxiety attacks. Ask for a referral to take your parent to a specialist in anxiety. Medications can help, but some people find they make them feel worse. A specialist in anxiety can teach breathing techniques, positive self-talk, and other methods to help ease anxiety.

Boost Companionship

Panic disorder can worsen when a person feels alone. If your mom or dad is alone all day, look into companionship services. Elderly care professionals can spend time with your parent.

When you have multiple panic attacks, thoughts may turn negative. You worry that you’re dying, having a mental breakdown, or dealing with a heart issue. If your parent lives alone, being alone can raise fears of passing out. You become scared that no one will find you in time.

Caregivers can make a difference. Having a companion eases some of the anxiety your parent feels. Call an elderly care agency to learn more about this and other benefits of caregivers.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Marlton, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.

Patti Maltese and Kelly McCabe

Founders, and Co-Owners at TLC Home Care Services
Patti is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She has previously staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and currently maintains her CHHA license to date. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and has performed in “Dancing with The Cherry Hill Stars” fundraiser for education.

Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.