Panic attacks can occur during extreme anxiety when a feeling of fear suddenly takes over.
1 in 3 people have them at some point in their lives.
Symptoms can include
A panic attack can be frightening and can make a person feel as if they are having a heart attack or ‘going mad’. This can make anxiety worse and cause hyperventilation (over-breathing). In turn this makes symptoms worse.
Panic attacks can be very unpleasant and cause a person to avoid certain situations to try to prevent them happening again. However avoiding situations can make fear worse and turn into a phobia.
• Make an appointment with your GP who will be able to rule out medical causes or look at treatment options and referral to specialist services if appropriate
MIND, the mental health charity.
The Mental Health Foundation.
Visit Anxiety UK, the national charity helping people who experience anxiety disorders.
Wikihow have a webpage on how to calm yourself during a panic attack.
HelpGuide's webpage on panic attacks.