Is there anything a friend can do for someone experiencing a sudden panic attack? Or is it something that "this too shall pass" and you just comfort them and make sure they don't do anything dangerous, i.e. suicide?
My friend is experiencing tunnel vision, hyperventilation, heart palpitations, a sense of impending doom, sweating, uncontrollable crying. As a friend, this is scary for me to watch... but I know it's much scarier for the individual. What can I do to calm them down? (They are currently under a a tremendous amount of work, school, emotional, familial, health, financial and now political stress). I don't have any reason to think they would inflict harm on themselves (attempt suicide), but I hate to see them in such distress.