What are Panic or Anxiety Attacks and Fight-Or-Flight Response?

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What are Panic or Anxiety Attacks and Fight-Or-Flight Response?

The American Psychiatric Association describes a panic attack as ‘a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort that is accompanied by at least four of thirteen physical or cognitive symptoms’ (APA 1994). The experience of less than four symptoms is known as a ‘limited symptom attack’ (APA 1994).