Panic attacks and Anxiety are often intrinsically linked; the best way to describe panic attacks is to say that they are the worst form of anxiety, or that they are the end result of suffering from anxiety, often the anxiety stage can be bypassed and panic attacks can be the sole issue. Panic attacks and anxiety are the most common clinical issues that I deal with and specialise in treating.
Panic Attacks can be specific, i.e. when confronted with authority, crowds, having to speak up for yourself, reports, appraisals and so on, there are an infinite number of triggers.
Panic Attacks can be generalised where you find yourself panicking over lots of different things at random times and locations and for the slightest thing, again the variables are infinite.
Panic disorders can be linked to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) commonly after some sort of shock, as well as Agoraphobia and many other forms of phobias, also depression and even bipolar which will be linked to the panic disorder.
For the Panic attack sufferer it feels as if they are going to die, it is all consuming and is very frightening, those who have never suffered with one simply cannot understand or fully empathise. This often causes the sufferer to avoid seeking help early on, which deepens and broadens the issue and often creates tension in relationships, because of the lack of understanding of those close to you.