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Dad's death prompted panic attacks

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

I’ve been having really bad panic attacks for a while now, the last one was a couple of months ago and I’ve found it really hard to get over. It started when my dad died and I’ve felt really down ever since.

I’m finding it hard to get back to feeling confident and unafraid, which is how I used to be.

I feel that I need to talk to someone. Who deals with this sort of problem? CD

FIONA SAYS: TALK TO YOUR GP ABOUT COUNSELLING

You really need to start with your own doctor and talk to him/her about this.

Panic attacks are terrifying, and you probably experience breathing difficulties and a thumping heart. In fact, the body will regulate itself again but that doesn't stop you feeling absolutely dreadful.

You need to see your doctor to make sure you really are having panic attacks and there isn't something else wrong.

In addition, your doctor's surgery may have its own counselling facilities and you may be able to be seen there.

Panic attacks can happen without any warning, so no one will be able to give you a definite idea of when you will recover.

But that doesn't mean you won't get better, and certainly the risk can be reduced or even prevented altogether using specific techniques that you can be taught.

The organisation No Panic (helpline 0808 808 0546) would also be a good place to find out more and to seek help.

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