panic attack


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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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The therapist teaches breathing relaxation techniques to combat the physical reactions of a panic attack.
> A panic attack and a heart attack can feel similar; both may involve chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and nausea.
Panic attacks can have physical symptoms, including shaking, disorientation, nausea, rapid or irregular heartbeats, dry mouth, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness.
with panic attacks and begin to avoid .He said that panic disorder can radically impair family, work
Repeating an event that caused a panic attack in the past
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.
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In her five-page motion appealing her commitment order before the Sandiganbayan, Reyes said she suffered from panic attack after she knew she would be detained with nine members of the New People's Army at the BJMP female dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa.
BRITNEY Spears suffered a panic attack and almost collapsed at an Oscars bash hosted by Elton John.
When I was 20 years old, I experienced my first panic attack. I was alone, driving.
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.