Panic Attack in the Air

As both a flight attendant and a psychologist, I encountered and intervened a lot with passengers who had a panic attack on the plane. While a panic attack is a situation that develops uncontrollably and puts the person in serious distress, experiencing it in the air increases the fear seriously. What is a panic attack, which is a disorder that can be encountered not only by passengers but also by cabin crew and even by a flight attendant?

Panic attacks are attacks of intense anxiety and fear that occur suddenly, are uncertain when they will occur, and can recur.

What are panic attack symptoms?

  • Chest pain or feeling of tightness in the chest

  • Palpitation

  • elevation in blood pressure

  • Shortness of breath or feeling like you’re suffocating

  • Feeling like you can’t breathe despite taking deep breaths

  • chills, chills, or hot flashes

  • Dizziness, feeling like you’re going to pass out

  • Sweating

  • numbness or tingling

  • The fear of death

  • Fear of losing control

  • Nausea

Since the panic attacks experienced by the person cause intense anxiety and fear and have bodily reflections that cause serious discomfort to the person, the person is constantly on the alert with the fear of experiencing it again. He pays more attention to his bodily sensations, because it is an uncontrolled situation, he can breathe in the hospital for the slightest bodily sensation, because of this fear, the quality of life of the person may decrease and behavioral changes may occur.

Panic attack is a disorder that should definitely be treated and should not be postponed. First, recognize the symptoms and remember that you are not the only one experiencing it. Avoid coffee, tea, green tea and chocolate. Do breathing exercises. Include exercise and daily walks in your life, during a panic attack, the heart rhythm rises above the normal level and this creates a feeling of serious discomfort, so doing regular sports helps to reduce your bodily sensation.

So what should you do if you experience a panic attack in the air?

  • First of all, now that you know the symptoms, you’re not the only one experiencing it.

  • During a panic attack, you begin to breathe rapidly, and as you feel you can’t breathe, you breathe even more deeply and frequently. Control your breathing and slow it down.

  • Oxygen and carbon dioxide balance in your body is disturbed, so you may feel numbness and tingling in your hands, arms or feet. This will cause your fear to increase even more, but now you know the reason.

  • Divert your attention to other things. If you are a passenger, report the situation to the cabin crew and they will make the necessary intervention and apply the necessary procedures. In addition, chat with the cabin crew, walk, move. If you are a cabin crew, talk to your teammates, share your situation, loosen your scarf, wash your hands and focus on different things. Do not increase your anxiety by constantly looking at the clock and trying to calculate the landing time of the plane. Remember that your heart rhythm will reach the highest level in the first 10 minutes, but it will decrease as the minutes pass and it will pass by itself.

  • Consume plenty of water because the air is dry on the plane and because you are breathing fast during a panic attack, this will also be beneficial for your rising blood pressure.

The vast majority of passengers with a history of panic attacks introduce themselves to the cabin crew as soon as they step on the plane. In this case, I was following an approach like this, I was introducing myself by asking his name where he lives, at the same time I was saying that I am a psychologist and all my cabin crew friends are the first helpers, that after the plane takes off, they can come to the back or front to visit us and call us at any time. Watching such a warm approach causes a serious relief in the person.

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