Can looking at an anxiety GIF help with stress or panic attacks? We asked the experts
We then talked with Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College and the author of The Healing Power of the Breath. Dr. Gerbarg explained that the visual’s purpose is to help slow a person’s breathing, which therefore decreases a person’s anxiousness and/or panic. She noted that it’s the breathing that calms the anxiety rather than the actual visual.
NYMC faculty: Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences