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1. pertaining to the same sex; directed toward a person of the same sex; the opposite of heterosexual.
2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex.
homosexual panic an acute severe episode of anxiety, due to unconscious conflicts involving sexual identity, in which there is the fear or delusional conviction that the person is thought by others to be a homosexual or is in danger of sexual attack by a person of the same sex, often accompanied by agitation, guilt, hallucinations, or depression.
acute, extreme anxiety with disorganization of personality and function; panic attacks are characteristic of panic disorder (see anxiety disorders) and may also occur in other mental disorders.
panic disorder an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of panic, episodes of intense apprehension, fear, or terror associated with somatic symptoms such as dyspnea, palpitations, dizziness, vertigo, faintness, or shakiness and with psychological symptoms such as feelings of unreality, fear of dying, going crazy, or losing control; there is usually chronic nervousness between attacks. It is almost always associated with agoraphobia and is officially classified as either panic disorder with agoraphobia or panic disorder without agoraphobia. This disorder does not include panic attacks that may occur in phobias when the patient is exposed to the phobic stimulus.
homosexual panic a severe episode of anxiety due to unconscious conflicts involving sexual identity; see also homosexual panic.
an acute, severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts regarding homosexuality.
an acute attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts concerning gender identity and a fear of being homosexual. Compare heterosexual panic.
homosexual panicSexuality An acute severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts involving gender identity. See Circumstantial homosexuality. Cf 'Don Juan' syndrome.
ho·mo·sex·u·al pan·ic(hō'mō-sek'shū-ăl pan'ik)
An acute, severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts regarding homosexuality.