Are you having panic attacks?

  • Do you worry about being unable to cope in public places?

  • Do you feel anxious if you are far away from home?

  • Do you find it hard to be in crowds?

  • Do you often experience uncomfortable physical symptoms e.g. a rapid heart beat and breathlessness?

  • Do you often feel as though you are about to faint or have a heart attack?

  • Do you make sure you have company with you when you leave the house?

What causes anxiety and panic attack?

It’s hard to know why some people experience anxiety as a mental health problem and others don’t, but some possible factors include:

0 Past or childhood experiences
0 Your everyday life and habits
0 Your diet
0 Physical and mental health
0 Drugs or medication you might be taking
0 Genetics

When do panic attacks happen?

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 and you’re going to die.

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Signs of a panic attack

You may experience:




How long do panic attacks last

Irregular or racing heartbeat

A pounding heartbeat



Feeling faint

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Nausea (feeling sick)


A choking sensation

Feeling unable to breathe

shortness of breath

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath & Chest pains


Ringing in your ears

Feeling like you’re not connected to your body

Tingling fingers

Tingling fingers

Shaky limbs, or feeling like your legs are turning to jelly

What are anxiety disorders?

The most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders are: generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

"If you experience panic attacks that seem completely unpredictable and you can’t identify what triggers them, you might be given a diagnosis of panic disorder. Experiencing panic disorder can mean that you feel constantly afraid of having another panic attack, to the point that this fear itself can trigger your panic attacks."
- Panic disorder

"Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a diagnosis you might be given if your anxiety leads you to experience: obsessions – unwelcome thoughts, images, urges or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind compulsions – repetitive activities that you feel you have to do."
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

"A phobia is an intense fear of something, even when that thing is very unlikely to be dangerous to you. If you have a phobia, your anxiety may be triggered by very specific situations or objects."
- Phobias

"If you have felt anxious for a long time and often feel fearful, but are not anxious about anything specific that is happening in your life, you might be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Because there are lots of possible symptoms and effects of anxiety this can be quite a broad diagnosis, meaning that the problems you experience with GAD might be quite different from the problems another person experiences, even though you have the same diagnosis. "
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

"If you develop strong feelings of anxiety after experiencing or witnessing something you found very traumatic, you might be given a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD can cause flashbacks or nightmares which can feel like you’re re-living all the fear and anxiety you experienced during the actual event."
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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