What are They?
Panic attacks are sudden and intense periods of fear or anxiety. They are accompanied by physical reactions such as heart palpitations, dizziness or shortness of breath. They can last for anything from under a minute to several hours.
What Causes Them?
Panic attacks can be a symptom of anxiety, which can affect people of all ages. People who experience panic attacks often think that they are going to have a heart attack, suffocate or even die. Panic attacks are not dangerous to your health, however they are naturally very frightening and can leave people anxious about having another attack and avoiding situations which they think might trigger one.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is an evidence-based treatment for panic attacks. This therapy is available through referral from your GP or from online health services.