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Panic attack

an intense attack of anxiety characterized by feelings of impending doom and trembling, sweating, pounding heart, and other physical symptoms.
Contemporary Examples

It is a tranquil moment, and my afternoon panic attack seems like ancient history.
After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace Benjamin Tupper June 25, 2013

The first time I ever had a panic attack was at a Michael Jackson concert.
My Brush With the King of Pop Gideon Yago June 25, 2009

I am a pretty nervous person, and I was fighting a panic attack as I waited for the literary icon to arrive.
James Deen: My Experience Making ‘The Canyons’ James Deen February 18, 2013

My tranquil training afternoon in room 107 is quickly morphing into a panic attack.
After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace Benjamin Tupper June 25, 2013

“I got a panic attack in the Theory portion,” he told me recently.
The Mr. Miyagi of Wine Sommeliers Jordan Salcito March 7, 2014

She talked about having a panic attack inside a cab Thursday night during the first attack on Tel Aviv.
Red Alert in Tel Aviv: Fear Inside the Israeli City’s Bubble Ethan Perlson November 19, 2012

an episode of acute and disabling anxiety associated with such physical symptoms as hyperventilation and sweating See also panic disorder

panic attack n.
The sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, impending doom, depersonalization, and derealization, occurring in phobias, schizophrenia, and major depression.


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