Call for participants who have experienced panic attacks


Date: 10/06/2009

A University of Western Sydney study will reveal new insights into the experiences, thoughts and feelings of employees who have suffered from panic attacks in their working lives.

Jasmin Perrone, PhD candidate from the School of Management and the Family and Community Health Research Group (FACH), seeks involvement from people who have experienced panic attacks during their working lives for confidential, face-to-face interviews. Participants may be currently employed or no longer working.

"Panic attacks are one of the most common mental health problems in Australia, and more than one in five people will experience one or more panic attacks in their lifetime," says Ms Perrone.

"Panic attacks often involve a sudden feeling of intense terror which may occur in certain situations or for no apparent reason at all. They are not only uncomfortable and distressing for the sufferer, but can also have a detrimental impact on communities, families and the individual's quality of life."

The uncontrollable nature of panic attacks, and the fact they can occur at any time, has led Ms Perrone to address the potential impact that panic attacks have on employees and their work experiences.

The responses collected in the study will be used to increase the understanding of the issues and concerns that confront employees who have panic attacks in and around their working lives.

The information will also assist organisational practitioners to develop workplace practices and policies that support employees who have panic attacks.

The insights will help to further build the knowledge needed for anxiety support networks and enhance the level of care offered by health care services.

For more information, or to take part in the study, contact Jasmin Perrone, on 0404 864 001 or j.perrone@uws.edu.au.

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