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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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Thankfully they can be successfully treated with medication or psychological therapy so if you think you might be suffering from panic attacks do talk to your GP about possible courses of action.
Anxiety disorders comes in many forms such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks and Social Phobia.
Literature on treating panic attacks in African American women is scarce, she continued, but it does show that black women tend to be reluctant to engage in cognitive-behavioral therapy, in particular cognitive restructuring, as traditionally offered.
If panic attack or disorder is suspected, your physician may refer you to a psychiatrist for treatment.
CRITERIA FOR PANIC ATTACK (FROM THE DSM) --Note that all require self-report.
Even though the consideration of medications is necessary when there are very severe or resistant symptoms, many people with severe anxiety or panic attacks will have excellent results with a holistic approach.
The research, carried out by Dr David George at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, also showed that the brain mechanisms of offenders that are activated during defensive aggression are similar to those triggered during a panic attack.
A panic attack can be a one-time incident or, as in Brenna's case, they can become more and more frequent--panic disorder.
While there have been no previous case reports of citalopram inducing panic attacks in patients, this phenomenon has been reported with other members of the SSRI class of antidepressants.
Panic attacks can happen at any time and any place without warning.
She recognizes a panic attack when one is in progress.