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attack

 [ah-tak´]
an episode or onset of illness.
anxiety attack panic attack.
heart attack
1. popular term for myocardial infarction.
2. any of various types of acute episodes of ischemic heart disease.
panic attack an episode of acute intense anxiety, with symptoms such as pounding or racing heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, feelings of choking or smothering, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, feelings of unreality, and chills or hot flashes. It is the essential feature of panic disorder and other anxiety disorders as well as other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders.
transient ischemic attack see transient ischemic attack.
vagal attack (vasovagal attack) see vasovagal attack.

pan·ic at·tack

sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, or impending doom accompanied by increased autonomic nervous system activity and by various constitutional disturbances, depersonalization, and derealization. See: anxiety, anxiety disorders, panic.

panic attack

n.
The sudden onset of intense anxiety, characterized by feelings of intense fear and apprehension and accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling. Also called anxiety attack.

panic attack

Etymology: Gk, panikos, of the god Pan; Fr, attaquer
an episode of acute anxiety that occurs unpredictably, with feelings of intense apprehension or terror accompanied by dyspnea, dizziness, sweating, trembling, and chest pain or palpitations. The attack may last several minutes and may occur again in certain situations. Compare anxiety attack.

panic attack

Psychiatry A period of extreme anxiety, intense fear, apprehension or discomfort, in which ≥ 4 specific Sx develop abruptly, peak in 10 mins Clinical Abrupt onset of tachycardia, SOB, dizziness, tingling, anxiousness, temporary paralysis, syncope; PAs are often recurrent, unpredictable, sudden, intense; during a PA, subjects avoid public and thus also suffer transient agoraphobia Management Anxiolytics, psychotherapy. See Panic disorder, Status panicus.

pan·ic at·tack

(pan'ik ă-tak')
Sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, or sense of impending doom accompanied by increased autonomic nervous system activity and by various constitutional disturbances, depersonalization, and derealization.

panic attack

The episode characteristic of the PANIC DISORDER.

Panic attack

A time-limited period of intense fear accompanied by physical and cognitive symptoms. Panic attacks may be unexpected or triggered by specific cues.
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pan·ic at·tack

(pan'ik ă-tak')
Sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror, or impending doom accompanied by increased autonomic nervous system activity and by various constitutional disturbances.

panic attack,

n an episode of acute anxiety that occurs unpredictably with feelings of intense apprehension or terror, accompanied by dyspnea, dizziness, sweating, trembling, and chest pain or palpitations. The attack may last several minutes and may occur again in certain conditions.

Patient discussion about panic attack

Q. I’ve read somewhere that asthma attacks and panic attacks have similar symptoms. so how can you know tell if what you are experiencing is one or the other?

A. brandon is right, but people who have asthma sometimes panic when they are having an attack because they are affaid,scared.

Q. Is there any herb good for panic attacks that work right away?

A. I am not familiar with any herbs that can solve panic attacks. Panic attack is a medical condtion and if you are experiencing it often you should seek medical care, in order to provide you with proper treatment, either behavioural or with medications. There are good medications out there that can work fast and help you with panic attack symptoms.

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But for someone who has experienced a panic attack in the past that was accompanied by sweating or an increased heart rate, any changes in the body can cause him or her to think that a new attack is occurring.
lifestyle to reduce the risk of panic attacks and these changes include eliminating caffeine and alcohol from their diets and avoiding certain legal and illegal drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that trains your brain and body to overcome panic attacks and gets you to a point in which they no longer happen at all.
Panic attacks usually last between five and 20 minutes.
It's unlikely panic attacks will cause any lasting physical damage.
After the panic attack subsided, I wanted to simply forget the whole experience.
ELLIE Goulding has revealed that it was while at Cardiff Central train station she was stricken with a panic attack for the very first time.
A doctor was reportedly called for the singer as she was struggling to breathe after a panic attack.
But Georgia, 19, had a panic attack at the airport and refused to get on the plane.
One form of CBT trains an individual to affirm certain true statements, such as "This feeling I have right now is unpleasant but will soon fade away," or "No one has ever died from a panic attack," or "I am not going crazy or losing my mind, I just need to let this moment pass.
J says he experienced a single panic attack 7 months ago, but none since then.