Anxiety & Panic Attacks – Your questions answered



“It may be that you were a little anxious before you got M.E. On the other hand it is understandable that, as with any long-term illness, you may feel anxious about your symptoms and your life with M.E.

“Anxiety can produce a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. More common ones include:

“General restlessness or irritability, Feelings of apprehension or inner tension, Difficulty sleeping, Increased sensitivity to physical sensations, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Difficulty swallowing, Irritable bowels, Nausea, Numbness and tingling, Palpitations, Urinary frequency…”

This leaflet explains what causes anxiety and panic attacks, why we feel anxious, and what we can do to help ourselves. We also look at other ways you can overcome these feelings and when to consult your doctor.

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.