Someone having a panic attack experiences a sudden and intense sensation of fear. They may feel they have lost control and feel desperate to get out of the situation that has triggered their anxiety. Symptoms of panic attack include:
The symptoms of a severe panic attack can feel quite similar to a heart attack and so our response is understandably intense.
During a panic attack, the NHS advises the following:
No Panic UK offers advice and support for people managing anxiety disorders including those who experience panic attacks
For more detailed information about the symptoms of panic attacks and ways to respond to them.
Read more about the advice from the NHS on how to manage panic.
There are a number of books addressing anxiety issues available in the library through our Bibliotherapy scheme including the following: