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What is a panic attack (also known as an anxiety attack)?

A panic attack is a sudden period of intense fear. These attacks come on fast and peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by a trigger, such as a feared object or situation. While it has become somewhat common to talk about “panic attacks,” a true panic episode requires multiple distinct symptoms and lasts for a short period of time. While true panic episodes are relatively rare, feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or having difficulty recovering from anxiety is a much more common experience.

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