There are many ways that panic attacks can negatively affect children. The panic attack is often brought out because the person suffering the attack cannot control their emotions. Children often do not understand why the person suffering the attack is not acting the way they normally would. Children learn quickly however to avoid bringing stressful situations to a person that suffers from panic attacks. This means that the child will try to handle situations by themselves that they may not be able to deal with on their own.
If children are forced to deal with difficult situations on their own, they will find themselves in many adult scenarios very early in life. These children may very well learn to resent the person that has the panic attacks because they are not dependable. Furthermore children will have to be more self-sufficient at younger age and eventually might feel as though they did not get the best possible childhood when they were younger. This can also lead to social isolation from their peers, because they are more worried about the person that is suffering from the panic attacks than they are formulating their own friendships.
Children that deal with an adult that have regular panic attacks, often develop panic disorders of their own. This is because they often do not understand how to have proper emotional reactions to stressful situations. Many times the children will only mirror image what they have seen from there adult role models in relation to emotional reactions. This is often not the best option because children that struggle with families where panic attacks are prevalent often become overly stressed out themselves.
Prolonged exposure to panic attacks can cause physical reactions within the body. Some research has shown that children that grow up to home where the parents have panic attacks can develop ulcers, high blood pressure and other health related issues. Some psychological studies have shown that children who have panic attacks on their own are 63 percent more likely to develop severe depression and other mental illnesses later in life. This is not healthy because children do not have the coping mechanisms to deal with high stress environments.
If a child gets into a proper counseling and has a strong support system, they can overcome the tendency toward developing a panic related disorder of their own. This would be in the best interests of the child for their emotional and mental health.