Anxiety and Panic

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal physical and psychological reaction that helps us to avoid dangerous situations and motivates us to overcome everyday challenges.

But it can become a problem if it’s more severe, if it lasts for a long time or if it significantly affects everyday life.

Many different situations can cause anxiety – for example, exams, social situations or public speaking. Many students become anxious around exam time and some may even suffer from panic attacks.

Common behaviours

physical signs, such as palpitations, rapid breathing or dizziness
psychological signs, such as unrealistic or excessive fear
difficulty with concentration, memory and decision-making
sleep problems
behavioural signs, such as avoidance of particular situations that may cause anxiety

What you can do

Go to a quiet area and sit down for a while.
If you think you may be experiencing a panic attack, take long, slow breaths. Contact Security on 0114 225 2000 if you need a first aider.
Support is available through your GP and Student Wellbeing through 1-1 support, workshops and self-help resources.

External support agencies

Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services.

Helpline: 08444 775 744
Anxiety Care UKAnxiety Care UK offers support which can be long or short term according to the client’s need. We offer support through our recovery information email service and on-line chat room.
Social Anxiety UK provides a starting point for people just finding out about SA and related issues, to act as a central hub for the community of those with social anxiety problems in the UK; and to attempt to raise the profile of SA problems.
No PanicNo Panic specialises in self-help recovery, providing people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery, enabling them to lead more fulfilled lives.

Helpline: 0844 967 4848

Crisis number: 01952 680835 (recorded message available 24-7)