We stumbled across this great article at the Counselling Directory and thought it was worth sharing as it describes panic attacks so well, including what happens in the brain.
Many people suffer from panic attacks, and the experience can be more intense than generalised anxiety, the article describes them as an ‘explosion of anxiety’. Most attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes, though they can go on for longer.
It’s important to note that some symptoms of panic attacks can be similar to those such as a heart attack so it’s important to get help and seek appropriate medical advice.
Various tips and techniques are included for things that may help. These include relaxation, breathing techniques and carrying around something that might help to calm, focus and ground you when a panic attack arises.
Please contact Rainbow Counselling to access further support.