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Ananya tells us about her experience of panic attacks and how CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) helped her to overcome them.

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Ananya: The first time I had a panic attack at uni, I had no idea what was going on, honestly I thought I was going to die, my heart was racing and it felt as if somebody was kind of pressing against my chest. Blood was rushing to my ears and I had pins and needles all up and down my arms, I was really hot and sweaty, even though I was just in a T-shirt. I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

It was frightening, everything went so fast, kind of like, how can I explain it, it was like time had slowed, and I was having this out of body experience and next thing I know I’m outside of the lecture room having to get air. As time went on, it got worse. I did everything I could to not feel like that again, I stopped going to uni, or going out, and sometimes, I ended up having one even if I was just laying in bed or watching TV. My tutor called me about my attendance, so I let her know what was going on and she sent me a link for Insight. CBT provided me with a way to get back my life back again and I wouldn’t say it is easy, but I felt really supported and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.