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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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In particular, Bernanke discussed parallels between the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the Panic of 1907.
Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia is an established medical label, ensconced in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), which defines a Panic Attack as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four or more of a list of symptoms--including choking, dizziness, fear of dying, and depersonalization--develop abruptly and peak within ten minutes.
crumbled in an economic panic driven by financial corruption, speculation and government scandal, leaving survivors such as J.
Paralleling the demise of the welfare state, there has been a proliferation of sex and moral panics (Cohen, 1972/2002; Crimp et al, 1998; Duggan, 1995; Goode and Ben-Yehuda, 1994; Hall et al, 1978; Thompson, 1998).
Victor's cover story, "Why the Terrorism Scare is a Moral Panic," is so important.
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.
84) Financial panics, then, were another of the upheavals of the nineteenth century that required husbands and wives to marshal their resources and test the elasticity of public and private, market and home, independence and dependence, and masculinity and femininity as cultural symbols of the middle class and financial success.
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.
Wicker begins by differentiating the panics of the pre-Federal Reserve era from those which occurred after the Fed was established.
Other panics include the 1950s hubbub over horror-themed comic books; 1980s fusses over heavy metal, Satanism, and Dungeons & Dragons; and more recent furors over violent video games and the Goth subculture.
And probably the text from which to base any examination of the possible link between media reporting and moral panics is Stanley Cohen's 1972 book, Folk Devils and Moral Panic, in which he proposes that the mass media are ultimately responsible for the creation of such panics.
But it's our cover story about the controversial painkiller OxyContin that most fully drives home how moral panics can cause immense pain and suffering.