Panic Disorder is characterised by repeated, unexpected panic attacks where you feel you are going to die. Panic attacks can be a sign of extreme stress in response to a trigger. If you have repeated, unexpected panic attack you should seek medical advice.
The fear of another panic attack can stop you from leading a normal life as you avoid situations and places which you think might be triggers. Take this short questionnaire to see if you have panic disorder.
Think you might be having a panic attack?
- Remind yourself that you are safe. Panic attack are not fatal and they pass quickly;
- Sit down, cover your eyes and focus on your breathing;
- Breathe slow, shallow breaths or take deep breaths and release slowly;
- Don’t run away from where you are having the attack as this could make things worse in the future.