My 15 year-old son has had on and off anxiety/panic since he was quite little but every time he has a "spell", I completely lose it inside.....I stay calm for his benefit but internally I'm yelling "HELP" as I can't bear for him to have to go through this same debilitating disease as I've suffered with for years. We all feel for our children and wish we could take away any kind of pain and suffering they have, whether it be physical or mental. But at times I've found that helping HIM through these attacks has, in fact, helped me.....anxiety is a very personal and sometimes self-centered disease because it's all in our mind and consumes our every thought and activity....so getting out of ourselves and our own crazy thoughts by helping someone else can often be therapeutic. I think it's real important to stress to your child that this anxiety does NOT make them crazy, that they're not alone, that millions of people suffer with the same thing and that there IS help. When I started to go through this during my teens my mother was the absolute best therapist I ever could have had. No matter what I was feeling or how crazy acted she just kept reassuring me that I was NOT going to go crazy, that I WAS going to get better eventually, that it WOULD pass, and that many other people suffer from the same thing....even though I'm sure inside she was going crazy with worry herself, she NEVER let that show on the outside and never reacted no matter how panicky I was. The reason she had all these answers was because SHE was also an anxiety sufferer all her life. The problem is that when you're a teen you desperately want to "fit in" and think even more than usual that you're the only one going through this when in acutality many teens do. So rather than being fearful for your kids (which they can pick up on), stay strong and keep assuring them that they're normal, their feelings don't make them crazy and that they WILL get better. I know in my heart that my mother saved my life....I went on to have many years of being anxiety free and even though I'm in my 50's now and have had many years of on and off anxiety/panic, I swear that those words of my mother so long ago and all the support she gave me helped to get me through the bad times today. No one wants to feel "different", especially teens so I think it's all that much more important to stress to them that they're NOT abnormal, just going through hormonal changes and stresses that most everyone does. I can vividly remember how calming those words were to me when I was a teenager.