Anxiety and panic attacks

Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

Managing anxiety with creativity

Damien blogs for us about using creativity to manage his anxiety.

Posted on 04/03/2014

Sleeping with anxiety

Annie blogs about not being able to switch off and sleep, and how she copes with anxiety.

Posted on 18/04/2013

Talking about anxiety at university

Emmie blogs about her experiences of managing relationships and anxiety whilst at university.

Emma Togneri
Posted on 24/09/2014

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

0844 477 5774

Support, help and information for those with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Care UK

07552 877219
Helps people to recover from anxiety disorders.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304
Provides details of accredited cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 88 33 00
Provides information about counselling and therapy. See the BACP's sister website,, to find a therapist near you.

The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
Provides a register of professional complementary medicine practitioners and training courses.

A supportive online community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

A computer-based CBT (CCBT) programme for treating panic and phobias. 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Use the NHS service search to find psychological therapies services near you.

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM)

020 7922 7980
Provides a register of practitioners of complementary medicine.

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The MHRA is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including anxiety disorders.

No More Panic

Provides information, support and advice for those with panic disorder, anxiety, phobias and OCD, including a forum and chat room.

No Panic

helpline: 0844 967 4848 (10am–10pm)
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for those with anxiety disorders.

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)
Provides self-help therapy groups and support for those with OCD, phobias and related anxiety disorders. 

Turning Point
Offers information, support and services for people experiencing drug and alcohol issues, mental health problems and learning disabilities.

This information was published in February 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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