Panic disorder is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, often for no obvious reason.
Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and panic at certain times during their lifetime. It is a perfectly natural response, particularly when you are in a dangerous or stressful situation. However, for people with panic disorder, feelings of anxiety, stress and panic occur regularly and at any time.
If you start feeling like you can't cope, life is becoming very difficult or your life isn't worth living, get help. These are signs that you need to talk to someone.
Either contact your GP or call NHS Direct (0845 4647). You can also contact helplines such as PTSD Resolution (0845 021 7873) for confidential, non-judgemental emotional support.
If you've had depression and/or anxiety in the past, even if they weren't formally diagnosed, seek help immediately. You're more likely to have an episode of depression if you've had one before.