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

My anxiety & depression at work

Helen is a 999 call handler and blogs about her experience with anxiety and depression at work.

Posted on 30/10/2015

Lots of social phobia, but no friends

John blogs about living with social phobia and the steps he’s taking to recover.

Posted on 15/06/2015

From panic attacks to powerlifts

Powerlifting champion Katy West, who has experienced anxiety and depression, blogs on how exercise helped.

Katy West
Posted on 04/03/2016

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Anxiety Care UK
Helps people to recover from anxiety disorders.


Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.


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.


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


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: 08449 67 48 48 (10am–10pm)
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for those with anxiety disorders.



116 123 (24 hours a day)
[email protected]
Chris PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk. Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.


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

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