UK’s panic attacks happening in crowded rooms, at night before bed, flights and driving in the car [2017 data]

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Crowded rooms are the most likely situations to bring on a panic attack, followed by sleep and taking a flight, according to a new study involving 1,000 adults.

The research, led by Geoffrey Wolf, co-founder of bcalm, also revealed:

  • Women are three times more likely to have a panic attack in the elevator compared to men.
  • People in Northern Ireland are more than twice as likely to have panic attacks in the car compared to the national average (3.6%). People in the South East are more than twice as likely to have panic attacks in the elevator.
  • 25 to 34 years olds are 57% more likely suffer from panic attacks during a flight compared to the national average.
  • The most common situations for attacks are in crowded rooms, during nocturnal sleep (i.e. at night before bed), taking an aeroplane flight and while driving in the car.

 

Crowded Rooms

35% of sufferers reported crowded rooms as being the most likely place to have panic attacks.

Men in particular, were reported to be 21% more likely than women to having panic attacks in crowded rooms.

The North East, Scotland and Northern Ireland were found to be 14% above the national average for suffering panic attacks in crowded rooms.

35 – 54 year olds were found to be the most susceptible to crowded rooms at 17% above the national average of 35%.

 

During Sleep (usually at night before bed)

East Anglians are 75% more likely to suffer panic attacks during sleep compared to the national average.

18 – 24 year olds were found to be the most susceptible to panic attacks during sleep at 21% above the national average.

Further breakdown of the data revealed these attacks happen at night before bed, are thus nocturnal and sometimes daily.

 

Taking an aeroplane flight

Males are 29.6% more likely to suffer panic attacks when taking an aeroplane flight compared to women.

Londoners are almost twice as likely to have attacks compared to the national average.

25 – 34 year olds were found to be the most susceptible to panic attacks during sleep at 57% above the national average.

 

Driving in the car

Males are 23% more likely to suffer panic attacks when in the car compared to women, predominantly while driving.

Northern Ireland and the East Midlands were found to be over 79% above the national average for suffering panic attacks in cars.

25 – 34 year olds were found to be the most susceptible to panic attacks in the car at 17% above the national average.

 

Elevators and lifts

The fourth most likely place for panic sufferers from the UK.

Women are over 3 times more likely than men to suffer panic attacks in elevators.

South East and Northern Ireland have twice as many incidents than the UK average for panic attacks in lifts.

Over 55s are the most at risk from having attacks in the elevator.

 

Other

Other situations likely to bring on a panic attack included:

Situation %
leaving the home      2.0%
at work 1.9%
crowded places 1.8%
stress 1.5%
at home 1.1%
public transport 1.0%
hospitals 1.0%
confined spaces 0.9%
confrontation 0.7%
shopping 0.7%
bed time 0.6%
family 0.4%
toilets 0.4%

 

About the data

bcalm commissioned One Poll to survey 1,000 panic sufferers in the UK during the period 25th April 2017 to 9th May 2017.

All respondents reported having suffered a panic attack.

OnePoll are members of ESOMAR and employ members of the Marketing Research Society (MRS).

About bcalm

Bcalm is a revolutionary device, shaped like an inhaler, that helps people find relief from panic attacks.

The idea for the product was originally conceived by two of the world‘s leading panic disorder and addiction medical professionals, Dr Stephen Cox and Dr David Sinclair.

They saw there was nothing on the market that would quickly help their patients during a panic episode and decided to develop a suitable product – bcalm was the result.