Panic attacks represent the worst form of anxiety. Anxiety creates an almost permanent feeling of hyper-vigilance – a state of perpetual concern where uncertainty and feelings of threat and fear are never far away.
Panic attacks are the point at which anxiety bubbles over, creating feelings of unbearable fear, feelings, which at the time of the attack seem like a fate worse than death. And so the one enduring the attack feels helpless, hopeless and unable to reclaim control. For many sufferers even when the attack is over, they return to an underlying anxiety, as they await the next attack, believing it never to be too far away.