catastrophic reaction

cat·a·stroph·ic re·ac·tion

the disorganized behavior that is the response to a severe shock or threatening situation with which the person cannot cope.

catastrophic reaction

Etymology: Gk, katastrophe, sudden downturn; L, re, again, agere, to act
the uncoordinated response to a drastic shock or a sudden threatening condition, as often occurs in the victims of car crashes and disasters.

cat·a·stroph·ic re·ac·tion

(kat'ă-strof'ik rē-ak'shŭn)
The disorganized behavior that is the response to a severe shock or threatening situation with which the person cannot cope.
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For instance, if a particular activity seems to initiate a catastrophic reaction, the caretaker should be instructed to avoid the activity or to redesign it to be less stressful.
However, in view of the Iranian experience, the FIS's own totalitarian discourse, the opportunism of factions of the FLN willing to espouse Islamist ideology, the catastrophic reaction which an FIS victory would have provoked in the Kabylie, those who hold such ideas display a rather narrow--or perhaps politically motivated--comprehension of the essence of the Islamist movement and its destructive capacity.
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Martin drifts out quite a ways from the beach, where he experiences a catastrophic reaction.
Home Office pathologist James Sunter told an inquest the arrest was most likely caused by a natural but rare and catastrophic reaction to amniotic fluid, which surrounds the foetus, entering her bloodstream in labour.