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    So someone I know started having an anxiety attack while I was speaking with them. I asked them how I could help and did as instructed. The person seemed to feel bad about me witnessing this, like they were being a bad friend etc. How do I reassure them further during and after the attack that I don't mind seeing it and everything is okay???
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    funnylegs ,

    to me, it was always embarrassing having a panic attack, although most of the time i managed to leave the place i was having the attack before anyone could see me. it was like losing control, looking like someone with a mental illness, which now that i think about it, was exactly what it was. i don't know how your friend feels exactly, but you're picking up some normal feelings that panic attack victims have.

    i don't know how close you are to this person or how close you want to become. maybe your own words written on a card would be less intense than a face to face conversation. something like, "we all have problems, but that doesn't define us." or something light and short. maybe in a month, you can ask your friend if they'd like to have a cup of tea or coffee. if they open up, great. if not, don't force it.

    definitely a card, maybe coffee. it just depends how involved you want to get.

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    funnylegs ,

    to me, it was always embarrassing having a panic attack, although most of the time i managed to leave the place i was having the attack before anyone could see me. it was like losing control, looking like someone with a mental illness, which now that i think about it, was exactly what it was. i don't know how your friend feels exactly, but you're picking up some normal feelings that panic attack victims have.

    i don't know how close you are to this person or how close you want to become. maybe your own words written on a card would be less intense than a face to face conversation. something like, "we all have problems, but that doesn't define us." or something light and short. maybe in a month, you can ask your friend if they'd like to have a cup of tea or coffee. if they open up, great. if not, don't force it.

    definitely a card, maybe coffee. it just depends how involved you want to get.

    jeannie
    I'v known this person for awhile. I wrote them a note and they seemed to appreciate it! Thanks for the suggestion!
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