What are panic attacks?
Everyone knows what panic is, and it is common to feel panicky from time to time. IE sitting exams or having your wallet stolen.
A panic attack is a bit like ‘normal’ panic but different in a number of ways:
- The feelings are a lot stronger
- The feelings seem to come out of the blue
- The feelings often last longer than a few minutes
As the feelings are unexpected, strong and often very physical, they can feel extremely frightening.
Panic attacks affect people in many different ways, but there is usually a sudden frightening feeling that something really awful is about to happen, with strong physical symptoms. This can cause people to feel something more serious such as a heart attack is happening.
Common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Sweating and nausea
If you feel these symptoms are similar to your situation or how your feeling please don’t hesitate to contact us to see what support can change or click here for more information.