Partners who’ve experienced betrayal trauma can sometimes suffer from panic attacks. These are both unpleasant and frightening. So, what can you do to help you cope with these attacks, and to regain some control when you feel out of control?
Here are some steps that might help you with this:
- Remind yourself that these feelings of panic are simply exaggerated stress responses. They are also very normal in your situation.
- Although they feel dramatic and worrying, the sensations aren’t likely to be dangerous. Usually they will pass, and nothing worse is going to happen.
- Interrupt the tendency to add to the panic by starting to worry about the feelings, and how they might affect you – both now and in the future.
- Keep the present as your focus. Don’t let your mind run wild. Assume the persona of a detached observer. Simply notice what is happening inside you right now…
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