Help with panic attacks
WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?
Panic attacks are sudden and very intense periods of fear, stress and anxiety. They may last anything from minutes to hours and there may be no obvious reason for them to happen.
HOW COMMON ARE PANIC ATTACKS?
- Around a tenth of us will have at least one panic attack, often triggered by a stressful event.
- In the UK, approximately one person in fifty has panic disorder which means they go on to have regular panic attacks. Panic disorder often develops when you are in your twenties, and is twice as common in women as it is in men.
- 40-70% of those who have daytime panic attacks also experience panic episodes that begin while they are sleeping, called nocturnal panic attacks.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PANIC ATTACKS?
The physical symptoms often include nausea, sweating, trembling, pins and needles increased breathing rate and fast or irregular heartbeat. These often come with negative thoughts such as