A sudden episode consisting of terrifying bodily symptoms such as labored breathing, choking, dizziness, tingling in the hands and feet, sweating, trembling, heart palpitations, and chest pain. Panic attacks occur in a number of mental disorders and are common in phobias, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Short, intense periods during which an individual experiences physiological and cognitive symptoms of anxiety, characterized by intense fear or discomfort.
A sudden feeling of intense fear that often comes out of the blue, as well as body changes including a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, choking sensations, sweating, feelings of depersonalization (feeling detached from oneself) and other symptoms. Panic attacks usually last about 10 minutes.