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Panic attack’s

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Is experiencing panic attacks frequently a normal part of the grieving process, if so what can be done to stop them.

They are happening even though I’m feeling as though I’m progressing, it would seem to be subconsciously something is causing them.

What can I do and is it normal in my situation please?

canary 44

Ellen B - Macmillan


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Wendy- Macmillan
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Hi Canary44

I am pleased to hear that you feel you are progressing with your grief but sorry you are experiencing frequent panic attacks which could be form of anxiety, a normal part of grief.

Anxiety is a common part of the grieving process and may also cause panic attacks, if anxiety symptoms do not dissipate 6 months after your bereavement, you might begin to experience a form of complicated grief, but there are no rules, as each experience of death and grief is unique to the person.

When grief becomes complicated people feel unable to bounce back. There is usually something about the experience that leaves the person who has been bereaved feeling stuck and, in a struggle, to cope with the emotional impact of their grieving.

While it’s important not to put a timetable on the grieving process, there is support available to help you gain back your sense of control, manage symptoms, and calm anxious thinking.

I advise you speak with your GP and let them know about your grief and panic attacks, he/she will ensure you receive the right treatment, support or counselling.

You can also speak with one of our Macmillan Information Nurse Specialists, available on the free helpline number 0808 808 0000 - Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:00 pm

Please get back in touch if I can help you further

Kind regards


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