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Understanding Panic Attacks: What You Need to Know

Are you someone who often finds themselves overwhelmed by sudden and intense feelings of anxiety? Do you know someone who struggles with panic attacks? Understanding panic attacks and learning how to navigate through them is crucial for individuals and their support networks.

What Happens During a Panic Attack?

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort that peak within minutes, where an individual may experience a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms can include a rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, feelings of choking, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, and fear of losing control or impending doom.

Understanding personal triggers for panic attacks is a key step in managing them. Triggers can be external (such as a stressful environment) or internal (like a thought or memory). Recognising these triggers can help individuals anticipate and prepare for potential panic episodes.


Effective coping strategies for panic attacks are well-documented in psychological research. Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation have been shown to help manage the symptoms of panic attacks by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system to restore a sense of calm.

Our Approach

While panic attacks may pose a challenge, they don't define you. At Stepping Stones Recovery College, we believe that a deeper understanding of panic attacks coupled with a set of strategies to support you, are a great start to building up confidence and empowering yourself towards reclaiming your mental health and well-being.

Don't let panic attacks dictate your life's pace. Join us at our upcoming workshop and take the first step towards a more peaceful, empowered life. Remember, you're not navigating this path alone—help and hope are just a workshop away.

Understanding the Workshop: Who Can Benefit?

The workshop offered by Stepping Stones Recovery is designed for anyone who experiences panic attacks or supports someone who does. It aims to provide participants with insights into the workings of the nervous system and how it can sometimes misfire under stress, leading to extreme anxiety and panic attacks.


Our Next workshop is a One 2 hour session Monday 20th May, 10:30am-12:30pm with course facilitator, Olga Zilberberg



Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they don't have to rule your life. With the right support and strategies in place, it is possible to regain a sense of calm and empowerment. Workshops such as ours provide a valuable opportunity to learn, grow, and take control of your mental health.

If you or someone you know struggles with panic attacks, consider attending a workshop or seeking support from a qualified professional. Remember, you are not alone, and help is available.


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