panic attack


Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset

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Recent Examples on the Web But going public with the details of his panic attack — and his ongoing involvement in the conversation about the need to take care of mental health — has not left Love feeling vulnerable. Tim Reynolds,, "Kevin Love at peace, not worried about trade chatter," 26 Nov. 2019 In a twisted way, my panic attacks and struggling for intimacy with myself and partners for years didn’t feel significant enough to qualify for PTSD. Haley Swanson, Glamour, "‘I Had to Practice Saying I Was Raped. Now I Have to Practice Saying I Have PTSD’," 14 Nov. 2019 But when they were given Tofranil, an antidepressant, their panic attacks subsided. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Donald Klein, Who Expanded the Psychiatric Toolbox, Dies at 90," 16 Aug. 2019 The hotline Shin works for fields calls from between 80 and 100 people a day, with many reporting issues akin to post traumatic stress disorder, including spontaneous panic attacks, insomnia and inexplicable phobias. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "South Korean bosses can now be jailed for firing bullied employees as country cracks down on toxic work culture," 16 July 2019 Immediately the panic attacks, the nightmares were back upon them., "‘Man in the Window’: How the arrest resurrected a nightmare for victims," 3 July 2019 The work has its hazards: One year, the ice was so thick on the way to retrieve a mooring that the captain had a panic attack and turned back. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 Just relax, instead of having a panic attack and being so depressed for a long time. Jeff Nelson,, "Bebe Rexha Talks Turning 30, Overcoming Insecurities — and Befriending 'Queen' Taylor Swift," 30 Aug. 2019 Three months before Tyler was born, Rob began suffering from insomnia, paralyzing indecision and panic attacks. Brianna Randall,, "When postpartum depression stole my husband," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of panic attack

1966, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

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“Panic attack.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of panic attack

: an episode of intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset and may occur for no apparent reason or as a reaction to an identifiable triggering stimulus (as a stressful event) specifically : one that is accompanied by usually four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms (as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or feelings of unreality) and that typically peaks within 10 minutes of onset

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