This woman’s to-do list for her boyfriend to help during panic attack is a must read
Kelsey Darragh, who suffers from panic and anxiety disorder, created a to-do list for her boyfriend so that he could help her when she needed - and she wants you to share it with others.health Updated: May 18, 2018 15:23 IST
Those who have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks know how the feeling of loneliness can be overwhelming during that period. More often than not, loneliness and isolation become the triggering factors for such attacks and the presence of loved ones can be of immense help.
That’s why Kelsey Darragh, who suffers from panic and anxiety disorder, created a to-do list for her boyfriend so that he could help her when she needed. The 27 -year-old from Tampa, Florida, tweeted the list and asked people to share it with “loved ones that need guidance”.
“I have panic & anxiety disorder. My boyfriend does not... but wants to understand it so he can help me. SO I made him this list! Feel free to share w ur loved ones that need guidance!” she said in the tweet, which has now gone viral.
I have panic & anxiety disorder. My boyfriend does not... but wants to understand it so he can help me. SO I made him this list! Feel free to share w ur loved ones that need guidance! pic.twitter.com/k8pcCfzMcj— kelsey darragh (@kelseydarragh) May 11, 2018
Her list carried specific and simple guidelines that could be followed to help someone during panic attacks.
“Know that I am scared and won’t be able to explain why, so please don’t freak out of be annoyed with me,” one of the bullet points said.
“Tell me not to fight it - rather, let it pass through me. The more I try to control it, (or for YOU to try and control it) the worse it will be,” said another.
The tweet has gained a huge amount of traction with more than 8,000 retweets and 23,000 likes.
Social media users have found her guide helpful and thanked her for sharing with the world.
This is the best thing you’ve ever written— Garrett Werner (@gr8whitehoprah) May 12, 2018
God bless you with all the Happiness in the world. Loads of love thanks for sharing anything that helps. I have friends who need help. Will definitely share this with them ❤— Samina Rashid (@krazysamina1) May 17, 2018
What an amazing insight and really useful. I have no idea what an attack is like but it sounds scary AF.— Matt Twibey (@blueeyedboy001) May 17, 2018
I can relate to all of this far too well, its such a good list! :)— Erik C. (@OgScionic) May 17, 2018
Thank you so much. I get anxiety attacks and it is paralyzing at times. This gave me some comfort and practical suggestions for my guy to use— jessicabeloved (@jessicabeloved1) May 16, 2018
You’re really lucky that you have someone who wants to help you.— Maeen ♔ (@maeen26) May 14, 2018
Mayo clinic describes a panic attack as “a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.”
Some of the most common symptoms experienced are breathlessness, increased rate of heart beats (palpitations), shivering or chills, chest pain, feeling of anxiety, feeling of unreality or detachment, profuse sweating, dizziness, hot or cold flashes, extreme fear of death or other phobias and nausea.
So, if you know someone who suffers from anxiety attacks, give this list a read so that you can help them.