Anxiety is a very common issue, and for some this can include the experience of panic attacks. It is common to try to deal with anxiety by avoiding the situations that feel like they are causing these feelings. Avoidance may feel like it gives temporary relief, but in fact it makes the problem increasingly worse and can, in fact, be a factor in triggering panic attacks.

It's always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. Also, talk to friends or other students to see if they can offer support (e.g. by going to classes together).

You can learn skills to help you deal with panic attacks, and there is a lot of other support available.

Library books

The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:

  • Silove, D & Manicavasager, V - Overcoming Panic - 616.852230651/SIL
  • Williams, C, Dr - Overcoming anxiety, stress, and panic: a five areas approach - 616.852206/WIL

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of anxiety and panic, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self help resources:

CBT self-help workbooks

From a well-regarded Australian site, these popular downloadable CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) workbooks provide clear, easy to read information along with short exercises and activities to learn and apply skills for tackling common issues. Many students have found these materials helpful. Choose from:

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NHS booklets on anxiety and panic

This page links to a series of booklets providing information and self-help activities to learn skills for common issues, including stress, anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions, sleep, anger and health anxiety.

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No Panic website

This website provides support including phone calls for a range of anxiety-related fears such as OCD, panic attacks, general anxieties.

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Mental Health Foundation Wellbeing Podcasts and Videos

Free downloadable audio podcasts to help you relax, sleep and improve your general sense of wellbeing. They're designed to fit around your lifestyle and provide an introduction to the skills and techniques that can help you live a mentally healthier life.

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Anxiety UK

National charity providing help and advice for people with phobias and other anxiety problems. The site offers informative factsheets and self-help guides, a helpline staffed by people who have lived with anxiety, an online support group, and (fee-based) therapy services in a range of locations (with webcam and telephone therapy services available in other areas and for people who are struggling to leave the house).

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Triumph Over Phobia

TOP UK is a charity which helps people with phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and other related anxiety, to overcome their fears, running a network of self-help therapy groups. Structured groups meet weekly and are run by trained volunteers. The charge of £2.50 per week to attend a group is waived for those on low incomes. The nearest group is in Southampton.

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Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.

Contact information
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Floor 2, Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED
  • wellbeing-admin@port.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)23 9284 3466

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