Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them
This free course, Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them, is focused on panic attacks. We all feel anxious or scared sometimes but it is when anxiety and fear become uncontrollable, when a person begins to really panic, that things move beyond ‘normal’ or everyday experience of worry. And when this experience of panic begins to be a repeated one, when anxiety feels unmanageable, it may be time to start looking for help.
In exploring these issues in this course you will focus on three questions:
- What are panic attacks and panic disorder?
- How can panic disorder be understood?
- What can be done about panic disorder?
Panic attacks are very common and it is possible that you have experienced them yourself. If this is the case, increasing your knowledge about panic attacks and how to handle them should help.
But focusing on the topic of panic could – particularly as you start reading – make you feel edgy. Usually this feeling will subside as you concentrate on the readings and activities, so it is worth keeping going. However, do also take steps to look after yourself. You can find places to get support in a section at the end of the course.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.