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Panic attacks involve a surge of mental and physical symptoms which can be very frightening to experience. These types of symptoms can be so scary and uncontrollable you can fear that you’re having a heart attack, going to faint, or think you’re going to die.

Understandably, this can make your anxiety increase, which then makes the symptoms worse. Panic attacks are very common and can happen to anyone.

Symptoms may include:

  • Increased heart rate or heart pounding
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sweating, shaking, or trembling
  • Tight chest or chest pain
  • Tingling sensations all over your body
  • Feeling sick

Agoraphobia is an anxiety-related problem that makes people fear a situation that might be difficult to escape or get help from. This fear might make you avoid these situations when possible. Agoraphobia can be experienced with or without panic attacks.

Both panic and agoraphobia can have a huge impact on your quality of life, affecting many different areas such as work or personal life and relationships.

You can learn more about panic and agoraphobia in the booklet and video on this page.