Panic disorder is characterised by regular panic attacks — a response to a stressful situation, where you feel like you are losing control.
Panic attacks are common, with up to 5% 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.
Agoraphobia is linked to panic disorder, and can impact a person's ability to work or socialise with friends and family.
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.
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.
FAQs about the Covid-19 coronavirus (‘novel coronavirus’)
There is no need to panic about the Covid-19 (‘novel’) coronavirus in Australia, but you may have some questions about isolation, face masks, symptoms and more.
Phobias are persistent, irrational fears. Learn more about phobias from trusted sources.
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. Marijuana can trigger psychosis in people who are already at risk.
If you become suddenly aware of your heartbeat, especially if it’s faster or harder, you could be having palpitations. Learn how to spot the signs.