Panic attacks are very common, with up to 40% of Australians experiencing a panic attack at some stage in their life.
Anxiety attack and panic attack
'Anxiety attack' is not a recognised medical term and can mean different things to different people. Learn about anxiety and panic attacks and where to get help.
Panic disorder is characterised by regular panic attacks — a response to a stressful situation, where you feel like you are losing control.
Agoraphobia is linked to panic disorder, and can impact a person's ability to work or socialise with friends and family.
People with claustrophobia feel anxious and panic in an enclosed space. The physical and mental symptoms can be overwhelming and can include heart palpitations, dizziness or a fear of losing control.
Anxiety symptoms may be physical or emotional. Find out more about what can trigger an anxiety attack and when you need to seek help from a professional.
Phobias are persistent, irrational fears. Learn more about phobias from trusted sources.
Heart palpitations can come as a surprise. Here are things you can do to ease the symptoms.
Online therapy (eTherapy)
eTherapy, online counselling or online therapy refers to psychological support, therapy, education and assistance delivered via the internet or an online platform.
Marijuana and mental health
Long-term marijuana users can become reliant on the drug. If they do try to stop, they may feel anxious, irritable and angry. Long-term users are more at risk of developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.