panic attack


Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset

Examples of panic attack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just relax, instead of having a panic attack and being so depressed for a long time. Jeff Nelson,, "Bebe Rexha Talks Turning 30, Overcoming Insecurities — and Befriending 'Queen' Taylor Swift," 30 Aug. 2019 Three months before Tyler was born, Rob began suffering from insomnia, paralyzing indecision and panic attacks. Brianna Randall,, "When postpartum depression stole my husband," 12 Sep. 2019 Dani gamely tries to white-knuckle her way through crippling anxiety and panic attacks to partake in the festivities, struggling to hold on as things get very, very weird. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Review: Ari Aster's crazy new horror flick 'Midsommar' is ready to mess with your mind," 1 July 2019 In a text message, Hill told the mother that the children were giving him panic attacks, said sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Man accused of abusing 1-year-old girl, blaming injuries on 4-year-old," 14 Aug. 2019 Sellers peddling their products this weekend say there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to show people and pets are getting relief with everything from digestive troubles to panic attacks. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Just chillin': CBD won’t get you high, but it can ease what ails you, vendors say," 3 Aug. 2019 Training unnecessary & less susceptible to panic attack. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 But after a petrifying panic attack at work, her career trajectory began to shift. Zaina Adamu, Essence, "This Fitness Guru Takes Travelers On International Voyages To Pull Them Out Of Their Comfort Zones," 21 Aug. 2019 First, Diana has to survive a panic attack — in Times Square, of all places. Ruth Kinane,, "Sutton Foster and Miriam Shor take us inside that explosive Younger episode," 8 Aug. 2019

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset and may occur for no apparent reason or as a reaction to an identifiable triggering stimulus (as a stressful event) specifically : one that is accompanied by usually four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms (as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality) and that typically peaks within 10 minutes of onset

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