It takes strength and commitment  
to make a conscious decision to  
work through confused feelings  
that rape may have left you with,  
but we at NRC will try and help  
you through the effects of rape. 

A panic attack occurs when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. 

You may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety. As well as these feelings, you may also experience physical symptoms such as: 
a sensation that your heart is beating irregularly (palpitations) 
If you are experiencing these symptoms you may be having a panic attack – Talk to your GP or contact us at the Centre. 
All of these symptoms are natural bodily reactions to stress and are the body’s response to adrenalin that is being pumped around. Known as the “fight or flight” hormones and these hormones are designed quite literally to save our lives if necessary. 

Some Ideas of how to cope: 

However bad, feelings cannot actually harm you 
The feelings experienced are an exaggeration of the body’s reaction to stress. 
Think about what is actually happening – not what you are afraid will happen. 
Try to allow yourself to accept the feelings without fighting them or running away from them. 
After the panic attack has subsided write down if you can what was the trigger, how you felt whilst the attack was happening, how you feel after the attack. 
You will notice that once you begin to examine your feelings you can become accomplished in dealing with panic attacks. 
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