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panic attack

[′pan·ik ə‚tak]
(psychology)
Unexpected, paroxysmal episodes of anxiety and accompanying physical sensations (for example, racing heart shortness of breath) that can occur at any time in susceptible individuals.
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Once you are in the position to stop the amygdala initiating panic and anxiety attacks this ultimately turns into a brand new behavior which changes the previous behavour where panic and anxiety attacks are brought on easily.
I started crying and then I had an anxiety attack - luckily my friend was with me.
It seems he may have suffered from some kind of anxiety attack.
He let Liane leave the bank when she told him she was having an anxiety attack.
It could be a recurring anxiety attack for any number of UCLA players in the next few days, because the Bruins did exactly what they vowed not to do.
Tennis: Just two days after becoming the first Swiss to win the Wimbledon men's championship, Roger Federer gave his fans an anxiety attack in the opening round of the Swiss Open.
I don't want the anxiety attack that I know I will have if I'm a scoundrel going into the wedding, so I avoid that," he added.
The band explained Pete's "medical emergency" as being an anxiety attack.
Susan has clearly benefited from a good rest after a difficult period which culminated in exhaustion after an anxiety attack.
Bob, the shy one, reluctantly agrees, even though every time Walt gets on the stage (such as during a one-man show about Truman Capote), Bob suffers an anxiety attack.
I've always considered myself to be a happy-go-lucky person, so when I first experienced an anxiety attack at the age of 18, it came as a huge shock.
Even in interviews, he gets paranoid, he has an anxiety attack.