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Luisana Chavez, Staff Writer

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of strong fear or anxiety when there is no real danger nearby. A panic attack can occur for no specific reason and could include unexpected and intense physical symptoms that can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.

When a panic attack takes over somebody, it might feel like they’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Other symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, sweating, shaking, or unrealistic thoughts. If panic attacks occur often, it can even develop into a panic disorder. Panic attacks can also be caused or connected to different anxiety disorders. In panic disorders, the panic attacks occur without any obvious or specific reason while in anxiety disorders, the panic attacks can only be triggered by feared thoughts or situations.

In schools, a number of students, including children and teenagers, will experience a single panic attack in their life which usually does not require intervention if it only happens once. But if the panic attacks happen more often, then this could lead to a panic disorder and students can experience difficulties in school. These difficulties can consist of not being able to concentrate in class, feeling self-conscious or isolated, and can go as far as avoiding places and situations they think might cause a panic attack. A solution to these problems can be, being able to create a safe and supportive environment for these students to be able to feel good. This is very important in schools because sometimes all they might need to do is talk to someone they can trust. Helping to improve a student’s symptoms and encourage the student to develop coping mechanisms around others should also be taken into consideration when trying to help these kids with mental health problems and panic attacks.

At Hoover High School, there are several resources offered even now during the closure of schools. These services include being able to contact any school counselor as well as providing mental health, domestic violence, and Covid-19 resources. Tele-therapy is also offered for any student who needs somebody to talk to about their mental health or anything in general. All schools should include as many resources as possible and be able to normalize the mental health issues in students. Schools should also try and diminish any potential threats to students who can have a potential panic attack during school or because of school and try their best to help prevent students from ever having to experience a panic attack as well.

For more information:

Hoover High Health Center