Panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden burst of anxious feelings and sometimes can be an uncomfortable physical reaction (heart beating fast, sweating, feeling faint). A panic attack is a fear response and can be a very distressing experience.

Here you can find factsheets, tips and information, worksheets, organisations, videos, podcasts and apps which can help you better understand panic attacks and how to manage them.

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Factsheets

Here are some factsheets that can help you better understand what panic attacks are, their causes and the different kinds of support that are available.

Factsheet on anxiety and panic attacks from Mind

Factsheet on panic disorder from NHS Inform

Tips and information

Here you will find tips and information designed to help you manage your panic attacks.

STOPP exercise from Get Self-help

Mindfulness for busy people from Get Self-help

Mindful breathing from Get Self-help

Relaxing and calming exercises from Mind

First Aid Panic – an audio guide to help you calm down during a panic from Get Self-help

A guide on how to deal with a panic attack from NHS Inform

Worksheets

Here are some worksheets and activities you can try in your own time.

Panic self-help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) guide from NHS Inform

Worksheet for panic disorder from the Centre for Clinical Interventions

Organisations and services

Here is a list of UK wide organisations related to panic attacks:

No Panic

Anxiety UK

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.


Improve your wellbeing

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.