DRCC Resource: Coping with Panic Attacks (2022)
18 January 2022
Panic attacks are very frightening events that feel like they come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason. They trigger intense fear-responses in the body.
If you have experienced a trauma like sexual violence, your body might be on constant high alert for danger. Panic attacks are a natural response to this kind of chronic stress and anxiety, and could be triggered by something seemingly insignificant, or by something you associate with the past trauma.
Learn more about typical symptoms and triggers, what happens inside your body during a panic attack, what you can do when you are having an attack and what to do afterwards, as well as strategies to prevent future attacks.