“I Felt Like I Was Going To Die”: Why We Suffer Panic Attacks

20 January 2022

Emeritus Professor Justin Kenardy from UQ's School of Psychology spoke to Mamamia on their podcast 'The Quicky' about panic attacks. 

"Panic attacks are expressions of stress so you get symptoms that would be similar to what would happen if you were under threat of felt as though you were in danger," Emeritus Professor Kenardy said. 

"One of the key things about panic attacks is that they ten to happen fairly quickly and abruptly.

"Often there is no identifiable  cause for panic attacks and then they tend to abate or just go away relatively quickly. Not instantaneously, but often after a couple of minutes. 

"Panic attacks often leave the person feeling really tired because of the intensity of the symptoms." 

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