Panic attacks can happen to anyone; here are some links to useful tips and resources that can help you overcome panic attacks and enjoy life.
A panic attack is an exaggeration of your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is the rapid build-up of overwhelming physical sensations, such as: a pounding heartbeat, feeling faint, sweating, nausea chest pains, feeling unable to breathe, shaky limbs, or feeling like your legs are turning to jelly. During a panic attack you might feel very afraid that: you’re losing control, you’re going to faint, you’re having a heart attack, you’re going to die. Most panic attacks last for between 5 and 20 minutes. They can come on very quickly, and your symptoms will usually peak within 10 minutes. Sometimes you might experience symptoms of a panic attack which last for up to an hour. If this happens you are probably experiencing one attack after another, or a high level of anxiety after the initial panic attack.
We use the word anxiety to describe feelings of unease, worry or fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical symptoms we experience. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response which is our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened. We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time, but if your feelings of anxiety are very strong, or last for a long time, it can be overwhelming. If anxiety is affecting your ability to live your life the way you’d like to, it may have become a problem that requires self help or professional treatment.
- Mind booklet – Click to download the Understanding anxiety and panic attacks booklet.
- No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers. No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety UK – Anxiety UK was established to promote the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, phobias and conditions, in particular, but not exclusively, by raising awareness in such topics.
- Overcoming mental health problems – This website has links to some useful reading on anxiety.
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