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panic

 [pan´ik]
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.

pan·ic

(pan'ik),
Extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear, often accompanied by disturbed breathing, increased heart activity, vasomotor changes, sweating, and a feeling of dread. See: anxiety.
[fr. G. myth. char., Pan]

panic

/pan·ic/ (pan´ik) acute, extreme, and unreasoning fear and anxiety.
homosexual panic  an acute, extreme anxiety reaction brought on by circumstances that induce the unconscious fear of being homosexual or of succumbing to homosexual impulses.

panic

(păn′ĭk)
n.
1. A sudden, overpowering feeling of fear, often affecting many people at once.
2. A state of extreme anxiety, such as that involved in a panic attack.
adj.
Of, relating to, or resulting from sudden, overwhelming terror: panic flight.
tr. & intr.v. pan·icked, pan·icking, pan·ics
To affect or be affected with panic.

pan′ick·y adj.

panic

[pan′ik]
an intense, sudden, and overwhelming fear or feeling of anxiety that produces terror and immediate physiological changes that result in paralyzed immobility or senseless, hysteric behavior.

pan·ic

(pan'ik)
Extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear, often accompanied by disturbed breathing, increased heart activity, vasomotor changes, sweating, and a feeling of dread.
See: anxiety
[fr. G. myth. char., Pan]

Pan,

Greek mythological god of the forest.
panic - extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear.

pan·ic

(pan'ik)
Extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear.
[fr. G. myth. char., Pan]

Patient discussion about panic

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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