WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Stay with us and keep calm.
The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.
- Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.
- Move us to a quiet place.
We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.
- Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.
- Speak to us in short, simple sentences.
- Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
- Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
As odd as it sounds, it works.WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:
1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.
Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.
Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”
2. Say, “Calm down.”
This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.”
Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.
Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.
3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.
Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.
4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.
The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.
Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.
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Wirru’s cosplay armour MEGA TUTORIAL is here!
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Part 1 - Foam shaping, Part 2 - Foam Detailing, Part 3 - Worbla
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Posted part of this the other day - here are all the parts! :D
How to cast using hot glue as an alternative to resin casting
(useful in things like Thorin Oakenshield or Fili cosplays where there are a lot of the same pieces)
- fast (3-4 minute hardening time)
- can be painted
-can form bubbles easily during process
- will require cleaning up by trimming the edges with scissors
- chance of burning
- not completely hard- will have some flex
Sculpey/Fimo/oven bake clay ($2 for a small brick)
Sculpey Moldmaker clay ($10 for 8 oz bricks)
Mold release ($11 for 4 oz… will last a long time though)
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks (less than $7 for a large bag at Lowe’s)
Acrylic paint ($2 for a bottle)
- Model what you need to cast out of oven-bake clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc) and bake it according to instructions (pic 1)
- Using Sculpey Moldmaker clay (get the Super Elasticlay type), make a mold according to instructions (brush the model with corn starch/talcum powder, press into clay, remove) (pictures 2-5)
- Bake according to instructions
- Using some sort of mold release, spray the now-baked mold. (pic 6)
- Fill the mold with hot glue, keeping the nozzle low to the mold to limit bubbles. There will still be some bubbles, but use the nozzle of the gun to pop the big ones. More will pop in the freezer (pic 7)
- Put the mold + hot glue in the freezer for 3-4 minutes (pic 8)
- Peel the hot glue out of the mold (pic 9)
- Trim the edges with scissors if needed (not pictured)
- Paint, and you’re done! (pic 10)
Pictures of the Moldmaker clay and the mold release I used:
Prince Hans’ Grey Tailcoat
- The side panels are clear in all the promo pictures so I didn’t think you needed outlines of those. :P The coat design is symmetrical.
- Another big thanks to melchinafan here on tumblr for tracing!
I wanted to make a replica of chilton´s id card for so long and finally i started to make a very crappy prototype of how it could look like… unfortunately this is the best pic i could find from the original and its hard to figure out the letters, idk but somehow i can´t stop laughing so here is my prototype
Easy Prosthetic Ear Tutorial by celticruinsdesigns.
Wow, love this idea for an inexpensive lifecast of ears!
Includes torso, head, foot, and various hand poses - select from menu on the right!