How to deal with anxiety from siren-induced panic - watch

There has been 150% increase of calls to Israeli trauma center, NATAL Israel trauma and Resiliency Center, as of Sunday morning.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 5, 2019 14:00
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Israelis run for shelter as a siren sounds during a rocket attack at the southern city of Sderot Jul

Israelis run for shelter as a siren sounds during a rocket attack at the southern city of Sderot July 14, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

"You don't always know when it will come and where you will be," the Ministry of Health said in a video they recirculated on Sunday with instructions on how to calm down after air raid sirens.

The video, published in 2018, gives explicit directions on how to calm someone down from anxiety or a panic attack after a rocket alert. With more than 450 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday, Israelis have been increasingly on alert. There has been 150% increase of calls to Israeli trauma center, NATAL Israel trauma and Resiliency Center, as of Sunday morning.



"In the case of a missile attack, it [alarms] might cause everyone to feel legitimate panic and anxiety," the video said. "How can we help someone who is in emotional distress? It doesn't matter if we are talking about a child or the elderly, the goal is to decrease the helplessness and encourage activity."

The video lists four steps to calm a person down and shake him/her out of his/her shock.

"First of all calm him. Make sure he doesn’t feel as if he is alone."

Then ask the person questions to stimulate his/her mind. Ask him/her "where do you live?" and "where did you want to go?"

"The third step is to prevent helplessness and give him the option to choose an action," the video continued.

"Do you want to gather your things or do you want to call someone?” giving the victim options and choices to dispel the feeling of helplessness. 

"In conclusion tell him in what happened, summarize the situation - there was a siren, now it’s calm, you can continue on your way or go home."

"Remember to help," the video ended.


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