panic attack

noun

Definition of panic attack 

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

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The girl in the bathroom was having a panic attack. Aneri Pattani, Philly.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 10 July 2018 The girl in the bathroom was having a panic attack. Aneri Pattani, Philly.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 10 July 2018 Huffman phoned Kym, who threw her cell and called him a liar before suffering a panic attack. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Barnwell said paramedics were called to check out one person who had a panic attack. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "'He's got a gun': Man shows weapon at The Shops of Grand River, no shots fired," 28 Apr. 2018 With the Kardashians shows that Kendall suffers from panic attacks — and her anxiety is at its worst during fashion week. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Kris Jenner Just Reveal Why Kendall Didn't Walk In Any New York Fashion Week Shows?," 16 Feb. 2018 Anxiety, asthma, depression, schizophrenia, and panic attacks didn’t make the cut. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018 In 2015, the harassment led to her to begin suffering panic attacks, Avendaño said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Former Uber engineer sues company for sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation," 22 May 2018 The girl in the bathroom was having a panic attack. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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panic attack

noun

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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