Actor Tyrese Gibson walked into a Los Angeles emergency room complaining of chest pains on Thursday night, after listening to the 2nd day of testimony by his ex-wife Norma Gibson in their ongoing child custody case.
Sources say the Fast & Furious actor suffered a panic attack -- which can occur suddenly without warning after experiencing high stress.
Norma Gibson is asking a judge to grant a permanent restraining order against the actor after she claims he beat their 10-year-old daughter Shayla so hard that she couldn't sit down.
Norma testified that she feared Gibson and she accused him of being a bad father.
Gibson wore all black to court on Thursday, saying the hearing felt like a funeral to him.
Gibson was evaluated by Cedars-Sinai emergency room staff who determined that he was not suffering a heart attack, just a panic attack.
He left the emergency room late Thursday without being admitted to the hospital. Gibson claimed he was dehydrated and depressed after listening to testimony by his ex-wife.
A panic attack feels similar to a heart attack with patients often complaining of rapid heart rate, increased respirations, dry mouth, clammy skin and profuse sweating.
Highly emotional individuals who are prone to hysteria often experience panic attacks.
Hysteria is described as extreme anxiety and symptoms often resemble a panic attack.
Individuals who have poor coping skills and control freaks who feel powerless tend to experience spontaneous panic attacks.