Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where an individual regularly has sudden attacks of panic or fear (NHS, 2021). This can lead the sufferer to avoid situations and places out of fear of another panic attack (fear of fear) which can lead to further heightened anxiety.

Panic attacks are very intense experiences, and they can be incredibly distressing, although they are not dangerous.

Symptoms of a panic attack can include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Feeling faint/dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Shaking
  • Feeling of dread
  • Feeling as if you can’t breathe
  • Numbness and tingling


Agoraphobia is a complex phobia in which individuals have a fear of being in situations where escape may be difficult (NHS, 2021). Individuals with agoraphobia may struggle to leave the home, travel on public transport or visit certain spaces. Having agoraphobia can have a serious impact on the way you live your life. Many people with agoraphobia find it hard to leave the place they live.

If an individual with agoraphobia finds themselves in a situation that they feel they can’t escape from, they usually experience a panic attack.

Support available:

No More Panic provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with panic. Its purpose is to provide members with support, advice and a chance to meet like-minded people and make friends along the way.

Panic disorder and agoraphobia can be treated via psychological therapies. Visit our service lookup here to see if we deliver a talking therapy service in your local area. Alternatively, you can visit the NHS website here and enter your postcode to find your local service.