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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:
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.
When do panic attacks happen?
It’s different for different people. You might have a good understanding about likely situations or places that can trigger an attack for you, or you might feel that your attacks come without warning and happen at random.
How often might I have panic attacks?
Again, it’s different for different people. You might have one panic attack and never experience another, or you might have attacks once a month or even several times each week.
What Causes Panic Disorder?
What Causes Panic Disorder? Although the exact cause of panic disorder is not fully understood, studies have shown that a combination of factors, including biological and environmental, may be involved. These factors include: Family history, Abnormalities in the brain, Major life stress drugs and alcohol
How long do panic attacks last?
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.
Night time panic attacks!
Panic attacks can also come in the night while you’re asleep, and wake you up. This can happen if your brain is very alert (due to anxiety), and interprets small changes in your body as a sign of danger. Experiencing a panic attack during the night can be particularly frightening, as you may feel confused about what’s happening, and are helpless to do anything to spot it coming.
Should you see your doctor about panic attacks?
A panic attack can make you feel like you’re about to collapse or even die, but it's usually harmless. However, in some cases, you may need medical advice to rule out an underlying physical cause. Get medical advice if: Your panic attack continues after doing 20 minutes of slow breathing. You still feel unwell after your breathing returns to normal. You still have a rapid or irregular heartbeat or chest pains after your panic attack. You regularly have panic attacks, as this could be a sign that you have panic disorder.