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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 21 August 2003
Worry can overtake your life

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Your heart races… you begin sweating... your breathing quickens and you start to hyperventilate.

A sudden pain strikes your chest. You realise that you're about to have a heart attack.

But these severe symptoms may not be what they seem. Rather than having a heart attack, you could just be having a panic attack.

Don't panic!
These surprisingly strong physical symptoms can all be generated purely by over-anxiety.

People who suffer from panic attacks may feel claustrophobic or be worried about embarrassing themselves in public.

This triggers these ‘fight or flight’ reactions, making them even more worried and their bodies spiral into panic mode.

This week on Check Up, Barbara Myers takes your calls and e-mails about anxiety and panic attacks.

Anxiety
Panic attacks are just one of the ways that over-anxiety manifests itself. A normal amount of worry is healthy – without it we wouldn’t lock our houses, study for exams, or go to the doctors when we’re ill.

But one in ten people find that at some stage anxiety has overtaken their lives.

When to worry
‘General anxiety’ can make you feel worried all the time, even though you may not be sure what about.

You have difficulty sleeping, can’t concentrate, lose your patience easily, are pessimistic and often depressed.

So how can you tell if you worry too much? What should you do if you start to have a panic attack?

What therapies can you trust and when should you be wary? Which drugs are effective and which are addictive?

This week's guest
Barbara will be joined by Psychiatrist Dr Florian Ruths, to find out about the latest therapies and treatments.

Contact us
If you've ever had a panic attack, or feel that anxiety is overtaking your life, then e-mail us at  checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Or call 08700 100 4444 on the day of broadcast with your questions and comments.

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