have the client recount a positive childhood memory
provide the client with a glass of water
tell the client to take deep breaths
ask the client to identify the source of his anxiety
Number 3 is correct.
Rationale: The nurse can change the client’s physiologic response by directing him to take deep breaths. This directive will shift the client’s focus to the present. During a panic attack the client will be unable to move his focus to a long-term memory. Providing the client with a glass of water could prove harmful as he may be unable to physically perform the acting of drinking. The client most likely will not be able to identify the source of his anxiety.