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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.


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]


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.
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.


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]


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


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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Gastrointestinal-focused panic attacks among Cambodian refugees: associated psychopathology, flashbacks, and catastrophic cognitions.
When suffering from a panic attack, people tend to breathe very quickly and the shallow breaths can cause them to feel even more stressed and helpless.
The poll revealed that more than one third (35%) of panic attack sufferers said crowded offices had triggered their attacks, while one quarter (46%) of sufferers said they'd had an attack on their way to work.
It's unlikely panic attacks will cause any lasting physical damage.
In light of the PDCA circulation theory, the hospital divided the process of the management of panic value into 4 parts: PDCA, and carried out the specific work according to the objectives by continuous circulations to improve the management.
Researchers seeking a more nuanced approach to the relationship between the media's role in the construction and dissemination of moral panics discourse and real-world effects may be disappointed, however, by some of the unreflective commentary scattered throughout the collection, which aligns itself with predetermined media dynamics and the saturation model of media effects.
A private consortium of banks and other private entities took steps to bolster confidence amid the early 20th century panic. At the time, of course, there was no U.S.
Out of the Blue Network, LLC and announce a proven, drug-free solution to the lightheadedness, the shaking, the chest pains, the rubbery legs, inner trembling and fear of impending doom that can come with a panic attack.
But I've never seen a single instance where the panic actually helped to solve the problem.
"This research says panic, or intense fear, is induced somewhere outside of the amygdala.
This paper offers a sociological examination of the place of gender in the accounts of twenty-two research participants, all of whom self-identify as having Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, a condition to which they uniformly refer in conversation as simply "panic." Only one of the twenty-two had come to this label in consultation with a medical professional, yet the participants' affinity for it introduces questions about the ways in which medical understandings of panic, or their popularizations, inform their self-concepts.