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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

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.

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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All the above symptoms may not be there, any four is enough to call it panic attack.
"Using CBT to treat panic disorder includes exposure to uncomfortable physical symptoms (interoceptive exposure) that occur during a panic attack and result in avoidance.
Giving your mind something else to focus on can distract from these thoughts and break the cycle of a panic attack.
"After first grade before I went into second grade, I had my first panic attack. It was really terrifying," she said.
He defined a panic attack as an event with any four of the following symptoms including pounding, skipping or fluttering
Moin Ansari said that as with most mental disorders, panic disorder is treated with a combination of medication and counselling and many experts believe that panic attacks are caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters.
The panic Attack is a discrete period in which there is the sudden onset of intense apprehension, fearfulness, or terror ,often associated with feelings of impending doom.
It is easy to avoid anxiety and panic attacks as soon you feel anxious by performing psychological exercises which have been intended to retrain the amygdala.
Understanding what can trigger an attack and how to avoid specific situations can help you reduce the number of panic attacks in your life.
Moreover, there is a scarcity of local research and terminology in the local languages for panic attacks. In many underdeveloped countries, anxiety and mood disorders are taken as substantial bodily sensations, however, symptoms like fear and dread are not reported.11
Therapist, Mark Tyrell from (http://www.uncommonhelp.me/articles/stop-panic-attacks/) Uncommon Help suggests that people who suffer from panic attacks make an AWARE card for times when they are feeling panicky and follow the simple instructions.