have a panic attack(redirected from had a panic attack)
have a panic attack
1. To have an episode of acute anxiety and fear, marked by such physical symptoms as heart palpitations and hyperventilation. Back when I used to have panic attacks regularly, it got so bad that I was afraid to leave the house.
2. By extension, to have a particularly frightening or jarring experience. I thought I had lost my keys and just about had a panic attack.
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