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‘Crisis candies’: Woman’s therapist told her to use Warheads to stop panic attacks

November 6, 2023
The Daily Dot
The Daily Dot discusses how sour candies can be used to help stop panic attacks and provides insight from a previous interview with Dr. Toya Roberson-Moore for The article features a TikTok user who went viral for sharing tips from their therapist to use Warheads to stop a panic attack. Dr. Roberson-Moore shares how the brain interprets a response to sour candy.

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A woman has shared her therapist’s weird hack for stopping a panic attack before it can begin— using sour Warheads candy.

TikTok user TalkingTaylor (@taylor.talking) shared this advice in a video from last week. Filming herself chewing on a piece of Warheads candy, she says, “My therapist told me to eat a Warhead whenever I’m feeling a panic attack coming on.” She grimaces from the intense sour flavor and continues, “And when I say I’ve never had anything rip me out of the throes of a f***ing panic attack faster, I f***ing mean it.”

By Monday, Taylor’s video had over 1.3 million views.

Many commenters were surprised by Taylor’s therapist’s methods, but curious to try it out for themselves.

“Getting a Cosco sized barrel of warheads tomorrow,” one user wrote.

“I am so trying this. My doctor is weaning me off my anxiety meds and it’s a bumpy ride.” another shared.

Some therapists and social workers also weighed in, sharing similar hacks for managing panic attacks.

“I recommend Altoids for my clients who don’t want to use warheads,” one wrote.

“When I worked at the children’s home, we called them crisis candies lmao,” another shared.

Mental health professionals agree that the Warhead method works, by redirecting attention away from the panic attack, toward a healthier, but distracting, stimulus. In an article by Nebraska Medicine, psychiatric social worker Chantel Bruha shares the same advice, of using Warheads as a distraction from the panic attack.


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