apprehension about an event prior to its occurrence. The apprehension occurs due to the expectation of a negative outcome - for example, death, danger, or a poor evaluation by others. Oftentimes this is accompanied by physiological symptoms (rapid heart rate) and possible tension in the muscles. May also occur in panic disorder where an individual fears another panic attack.

ANTICIPATORY ANXIETY: "The girl experienced anticipatory anxiety when opening a letter containing her final grades for school, which she knew would be poor."
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