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.
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 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.
Phobias are persistent, irrational fears. Learn more about phobias from trusted sources.
People with anxiety disorders may be unable to stop worrying about seemingly unimportant things, and perceive situations as being worse than they are.
Separation anxiety disorder commonly occurs among younger children as part of growing up. However it is now also recognised as a condition that can affect adults too, usually alongside other anxiety disorders.
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.
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.