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Ms. Jassal’s story

Ms. Jassal is taking care of her 14-year-old granddaughter, Mina, after school and on weekends while her daughter gets her nursing degree. Her daughter has warned Ms. Jassal that Mina has been experiencing panic attacks in recent months and that she should protect Mina’s from unnecessary stress and demands that might bring on the attacks.

However, Ms. Jassal has spoken with her doctor who told her that panic attacks are harmless and the best way to cope with them is to learn to float with the panic rather than fight it, and that avoidance only strengthens symptoms.  While Ms. Jassal trusts her doctor’s advice, she isn’t sure how to convince her daughter and Mina that avoiding stress and demands is not the best strategy. Furthermore, Ms. Jassal is afraid if she tries to help Mina “float with panic” her daughter might get angry and forbid her to care for Mina.