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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.
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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]
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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.
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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]
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Greek mythological god of the forest.
panic - extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear.
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Extreme and unreasoning anxiety and fear.
[fr. G. myth. char., Pan]
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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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Nevertheless panic attacks usually take a person completely by surprise.
But although they come from opposing sides of the left-right divide, the two are fellow travelers in a time-honored tradition: Both are merchants of moral panic.
Cohen discusses the "inventory" as the set of criteria inherent in any reporting that may be deemed as fueling a moral panic. This inventory consists of the following:
Therapist, Mark Tyrell from ( 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.
Read as a whole, the book has a tendency towards repetition in its references to Cohen and Young's seminal studies and their definitions of 'moral panics' and 'folk devils'.
For instance, a rapid decline in lending among banks was significant in both the Panic of 1907 and the recent global financial crisis.
(Panic of 1873) and the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company (Panic of 1857).
"Sex panics, witchhunts, and red scares are staples of American history," Lisa Duggan (1995) elaborates.
Just as Humanists have long known, reason and compassion offer the only salvation from moral panic.
He acknowledges that, particularly in the areas of foreign policy and crime prevention, moral panics often contain a kernel of reality, but he doesn't consider what that reality means for those of us who share his skepticism.
Nininger City offers a unique opportunity to understand the real effects of a financial panic because, like many middle-class families of the time, it was held together by appearances, by presenting a positive image in the face of trying circumstances.
Thus, the seemingly open-ended climb of interest rates, once the panic set in, scared the policymakers into more responsible action, and order was restored.