an unexpected sensation of worry or anxiety in conjunction with bodily signs of tense muscles, generally preceded by a intimidating scenario, like a test or court trial- this feeling generally goes away after the intimidating event has come and gone.

ACUTE ANXIETY: "Maria suffers from acute anxiety, which strikes often unexpectedly and really hinders her social skills and work abilities."
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