Freaking out? Anxiety and panic attacks are really common! A panic attack is a brief but intense episode of anxiety or fear. A panic attack lasts typically about half an hour, reaching a peak about fifteen minutes into the attack, but can last longer. A panic attack is a very scary thing, especially because the person experiencing one might be convinced they are dying, most often they think they are having a heart attack. They can occur in individuals who already suffer from generalized anxiety disorders, but not necessarily so.
So what qualifies as a panic attack?