Panic Attacks

One in 10 people can expect to have panic attacks at some stage. They can be very frightening experiences but are not actually harmful or dangerous.

Symptoms can include breathlessness, a rapid heartbeat, pains in the chest, feeling faint or sick, tingling or hot and cold flushes and a sense of impending doom. Attacks can be as short as a few seconds but may last up to an hour.

Panic disorder affects about one in 50 people in the UK. Essentially a person becomes worried about their panic attacks. They are sensitised to the surges of adrenaline they experience and come to fear them. This sets off a cycle in which the sensations create fear which creates more intense sensations and so on. You may wish to consult your doctor if you think you have panic disorder.

10 tips for coping with panic attacks

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