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CONDITION - Panic attacks
FACT - Most panic attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes - Source NHS
A panic attack is a period of intense fear and overwhelming mental and physical feelings. Panic attacks usually reach their peak within 10 minutes and can last between 20 and 30 minutes. Up to a third of people get a panic attack at some point in their life. Panic attacks can start when you’re in your mid-teens but they more often start when you’re in your mid-20s. They usually happen during the day but can happen at night too.
Simply talking to a friend or family member and voicing worries and concerns could help. But if sharing thoughts with someone close is not comfortable, there are lots of other people ready to listen and help. For example, consider talking to a counsellor or therapist or joining an online forum, specialist charity or support group.
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