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How to assess Panic

How do you know if you’re having a panic attack?

Most people know what it feels like to be anxious about something, but a panic attack is much more intense than this. A panic attack is usually described as a sudden escalating surge of extreme fear.

If this sounds familiar, you might recognise the experiences described below:

How your body might feel

Thoughts you might have

Feelings you might have

Things you might do

If you recognise these experiences, it may help to find out more about panic in the ‘Learn’ section of this website. You’ll also find some helpful tips and advice on managing panic in the ‘Manage’ section.

Urgent Help


If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately

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