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Feelings of panic and anxiety in response to a dangerous, stressful or even exciting situation are perfectly normal, but a panic attack is when these feelings occur regularly and at times when no obvious stimulant or cause is apparent. During a panic attack you’ll feel intense feelings that can be both physical and psychological, such as sweating, nausea, trembling, heart palpitations, hot flushes, shortness of breath and feelings of faintness.

Interestingly panic attack sufferers have also often reported a feeling of detachment from the event, as if they weren’t really there or that it wasn’t actually happening. Those with ‘panic disorder’ may suffer a couple of these attacks a month and some sufferers even several a week. Panic attacks aren’t fully understood but are often linked to stressful or traumatic life events or an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. As with many mental health disorders, combination treatment involving medication and behavioural therapy has shown to be useful for many patients.

For more information about Panic Attacks:

No More Panic
No Panic
Anxiety UK
Mental Health Foundation
Patient UK

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Hi I get little tiny spots and blemishes on my face is this a cause to my anxiety?





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Hiya all I've been suffering with what I have been told is anxiety I'm in denieil that anxiety can cause so many problems my main problem is dizziness thats a daily thing sometimes most of the day and also tight chest which hurts sometimes it's horrible I've had blood tests and all have came back fine just wondering if anyone else gets these symptons regular





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I had the same problem and was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I was prescribed Citalopram 40 mg. It really helps and I would recommend talking to your doctor.

Has anyone ever had a panic attack that was brought on by the sight of a total stranger? I've always worked in customer focused jobs. Nightclubs, retail and now in a bakery. Always front of house, meeting new people everyday/night. I changed jobs around 8 months ago to a well known bakery (rhymes with legs) and a customer came in and made a compliment about my voice. No big deal but now when he comes in I start sweating and shaking. I literally can not serve him! I don't find him attractive, the poor bloke is not rude, he is always polite and smiles but I absolutely dread him coming in each day. I don't know why. If the shop is quiet and I see him come in then I can breath deeply, serve him and try and control my shakes but if it's busy and I see him in the queue then I will start sweating, shaking, feel physically sick and have to leave the counter! It's absolute madness. It's getting so bad that I want to leave my job. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.





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I used to have major anxiety about going out & not being able to fine a toilet & wetting myself I tried CBT & hypnotherapy but it didn't work I managed to get on top of it myself & control the anxiety it hasn't gone fully but I did have some control. My brain has since added a fear of having an allergic reaction & having anaphlaxis so that I will not eat if I'm Not near a hospital I am constantly anxious I won't travel on a motor way or anywhere that I don't know or doesn't have a hospital near. It's ruining my life again ive had CBT & currently having hypnotherapy but I seem To be getting worse rather then better please help!!! Is thier anything that will work!





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i am so the same and need help but nothing much for mental health

hi im 19 and for the last year i have been suffering from panic attacks every time i go out because every time i go out i get the feeling of urgently needing the bathroom and most of the time but every time i leave my house and i know there isn't a bathroom near by and even when there is i am over come with the need for the bathroom to pee and some time i even feel like i am wetting my self when im not and because of this i end up having a panic attack and it has gotten so bad some time that to go out side i have to wear a nappy and it has even prevented me from having sex iv been to a few doctors and they don't know what is wrong with me does anyone know what is causing this or has anyone else have this happen to them ??





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I have this too! I feel like if there is no bathroom in sight, I can't go to certain places. Especially if I'm sat in an audience or a room full of quiet people, I suddenly need the toilet. I have started to walk out of church because of it and I feel so uncomfortable and embarrassed. I haven't gotten to your stage of going to the doctors, but I feel like if I carry on, then I might have to. My last year of school was terrible, because I couldn't go to a lesson without pretending that I felt sick, just so that I could walk out of the classroom and go to the toilet. I need big help as it's affecting my social life and my mind. If there is an explanation to this, please tell me!

Hi. I'm 2o years old and I started getting panic attacks when I was 18. I just got one one day and I didn't know what was happening..I thought I was having a heart attack and couldn't breath. It was awful. I suffered for a while with more but I don't so much anymore. I just have the weak feeling and tingling feelings around my body. I always feel like I can't breathe which is the worst. My throat feels really tight some days and it ruins my appetite. I think i get the tight throat from clenching my teeth at night. Anybody else suffer from these things? Nice to know im not alone.





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Hi my name is John I'm 31 and I'm having regular anxiety attacks on a daily basis in alsorts of different situations, I can't even go shopping without feeling like I'm going to faint it feels like my brain is shaking in my head I loose all sense of balance I start to sweat and I can feel my heart pounding I don't know what to do with myself apart from get out as soon as I can without passing out, this is now happening more often it's not just in enclosed spaces or buildings like it use to be it's now happening when I walk through a busy town centre and it's controlling my life,I put of going out with friends and family I avoid shopping, waiting rooms, lifts and motorways I thought I might be clostrophobic?? im only at ease in my own home it's as if I'm not in control of my own body I keep telling myself it's mind over matter but I just can't seem to overcome this problem it's just getting worse. Can anyone help me? Any advice or tips to stop this horrible feeling





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For anyone who is attempting to learn more about panic attacks and how to deal with them, the following site may be of some value... https://defeatiningpanicattacks.wordpress.com/





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Please help me!!! Hi im a 20year old single mum ive been suffering with anxiety for over six months ive had to go to the hostpital quite a few times in fear i was dying my cheast and my head would feel all funny but its hard to explain what it feels like you just think your having a heart atack or your hearts going to juststop or explode even my belly making funny noises would bother me or if my ex jumped out at me my heart would start going i couldnt even sleep every time i tried is have rhis really bad feeling in my cheast and have to sit up on the sofa to sleep.. iive had a few bad dreams too one about a helicopter i know it sounds mad but for ages it made me scared of them going over i had to duck and hide from it behind a wall! I would sometimes be hot and cold and be shaking like mad! And have tingling all down my left sidw and in my mouth im not surw what caused it either my ex who countinuously for over a year had ago at me everyday or giving birth its ruined loads for me i wna get out and meet new people in my area but i dont have the energy i dont feel like the same bubbly person anymore but since braking up with the ex it has gotten bettrr its not continuosly anymore but i dont know if this is anything linked but the dangly thing at the back of my throught hasallso got a growing lump it started out red and swollen i cant clime the stairs without my heart pounding really hard and ive staryed getting fluttering in the cheast too now and again only hapens for a couple of secounds and then stops im sorry for going on but im really scared cos laterly it hasnr been like anxiety but i feel as because i was labled it before the docs are just asumeing i jist cant take it anymore n dont know what todo the cant keep putting us on usless meds?? Please help!!! Sorry for going on





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And breathing is becoming difficult at times to the point where my vision goes black and ive recently started getting sharp pains in my neck and left arm also

I'm getting panic attacks, I'm 17 and I had them for about a year now. I justt want them gone. I get them all the time even when I am not expecting it. I don't worry about anything and I still get them I'm getting to the point of losing it because I keep getting them





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