When someone has panic attacks at random times and places, they can start to fear when the next one will happen. They might then avoid going out or being in certain situations where they can’t leave easily if they panic. They might also become very sensitive to any tension or anxiety in their body and assume it’s a panic attack starting.

If fears continue and these issues start to affect everyday life, it’s sometimes known as Panic disorder.

Some people are affected so much that they develop a fear of being in any place where escape may be difficult. When this fear is severe it is called Agoraphobia.

If you feel that your everyday life is being affected by panic or fear of panic attacks, talking to your GP or a referral to Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service could help.