Anxiety & Panic Attacks


Anxiety and panic Attacks
affect at least 1 in 10 of us at some point in our lives and can occur only once or reoccur for years.  Although panic attacks can feel overwhelming and as though something worryingly bad is happening to us they are not dangerous and we do not need to go to hospital and usually pass within 5-20 minutes. They can be very frightening and can come upon us for no apparent reason and often with no obvious trigger and symptoms that people report include:

  • Racing heart or irregular beating heart.
  • Chest pains
  • Sweating palms
  • A sense of unreality
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Fast, short breathing. Unable to catch breath.
  • Sickness

These sensations are the same as we experience in threatening situations and trigger our fight, flight or freeze mechanism as adrenalin is pumped through our body. The experience can feel very disjointed as there is often no apparent threat. People experience panic attacks in a huge number of environments, some of the more common include:

  • Crowded places like pubs, lectures, shopping malls, trains
  • Exams and  presentations
  • Travelling
  • Workplace

Counselling can often help you to understand what panic attacks are and why you may be having them and how you might be able to manage them better when they do occur or stop them happening altogether.

Useful Resources

First Steps to Freedom – 0845 120 2916
www.first-steps.org

OCD Action – 0845 390 6232
www.ocdaction.org.uk

Anxiety Care – 0208 478 3400
www.anxietycare.org.uk

National Phobics Society – 08444 775 774
www.phobics-society.org.uk

No Panic – 0808  808 0545,
www.nopanic.org.uk

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

How can Counselling help?

Counselling can help find methods of managing panic attacks while we explore where your anxiety may come from.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks


Anxiety and panic Attacks
affect at least 1 in 10 of us at some point in our lives and can occur only once or reoccur for years.  Although panic attacks can feel overwhelming and as though something worryingly bad is happening to us they are not dangerous and we do not need to go to hospital and usually pass within 5-20 minutes. They can be very frightening and can come upon us for no apparent reason and often with no obvious trigger and symptoms that people report include:

  • Racing heart or irregular beating heart.
  • Chest pains
  • Sweating palms
  • A sense of unreality
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Fast, short breathing. Unable to catch breath.
  • Sickness

These sensations are the same as we experience in threatening situations and trigger our fight, flight or freeze mechanism as adrenalin is pumped through our body. The experience can feel very disjointed as there is often no apparent threat. People experience panic attacks in a huge number of environments, some of the more common include:

  • Crowded places like pubs, lectures, shopping malls, trains
  • Exams and  presentations
  • Travelling
  • Workplace

Counselling can often help you to understand what panic attacks are and why you may be having them and how you might be able to manage them better when they do occur or stop them happening altogether.

Useful Resources

First Steps to Freedom – 0845 120 2916
www.first-steps.org

OCD Action – 0845 390 6232
www.ocdaction.org.uk

Anxiety Care – 0208 478 3400
www.anxietycare.org.uk

National Phobics Society – 08444 775 774
www.phobics-society.org.uk

No Panic – 0808  808 0545,
www.nopanic.org.uk

How can Counselling help?

Counselling can help find methods of managing panic attacks while we explore where your anxiety may come from.

Active Thinking ... our blog

The Love Trap

I’ve been bad :( It’s mental health awareness week again and I realise I haven’t posted for ages :(( In fact while I'm kicking myself, I’ve also been eating too much sugar and I haven’t done enough exercise, the car needs washing and ... :(((( I can feel my head...

Who needs feelings anyway?

Someone once described emotions as lights on our dashboard. They indicate that something needs our attention under the hood. We can ignore the light, turn it off, even break it. We may be able to carry on for a while, maybe indefinitely limp along, but is it safe and are we the best us that we can be? The problem doesn’t go away unless we look at it.

And…how are you?

This time of year there are traditionally two strong messages circulating from all corners of society.

The Anxious Child

WARNING: the following post is NOT yet another reason to feel like a bad parent. No need to grit your teeth in anguish as you anticipate being shown yet another error in your ways. If your child is fed, deflead and relatively clean, had a real vegetable at some point...

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