Everyone knows what panic is, and it is common to feel panicky from time to time such as:
It would be normal in any of these situations to feel a sense of panic. The feeling would be understandable and would pass fairly quickly. A panic attack is a bit like ‘normal’ panic, but different in a number of ways:
Panic attacks affect people in many different ways, but there is usually a sudden frightening feeling that something really awful is about to happen, with strong physical symptoms.
This can cause people to feel that something more serious, such as a heart attack is happening.
Panic Audio Guide