A person with panic disorder has panic attacks, which are intense feelings of anxiety and the kind of physical symptoms you would have if you were in great danger.
During a panic attack, you can feel like you’ve lost control of your body and emotions. You may feel sick, dizzy and short of breath.
It’s important to see your GP or health professional if you’re having repeated panic attacks. They can suggest ways of treating the disorder, and check that your symptoms aren’t caused by anything else.
To find out more about panic disorder or get support, visit the websites below.
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The Phobic Trust
A non-profit organisation aiming to educate, support and treat severe anxiety, phobic and obsessive compulsive disorders.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.
Health information from the UK National Health Service.