panic disorder

noun

Definition of panic disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks

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It can also be used for conditions such as social anxiety disorder or panic disorder, Dr. Murrough says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "There’s an Anxiety Drug Shortage—Here’s What You Need to Know," 11 Feb. 2019 My book, a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder, came out today. Amanda Stern, Health.com, "I Lived With Anxiety So Debilitating It Kept Me From Going Outside—Until I Finally Received a Surprising Diagnosis," 19 June 2018 They may be prescribed as a first-line treatment for generalized anxiety disorder and a second-line treatment for panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018 Major depressive disorder and panic disorder with agoraphobia. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Why This Ballerina With Panic Disorder and Depression Refuses to Apologize for Her Mental Illness," 22 May 2018 In an interview with Talkspace.com, influencer and Adidas global ambassador Chinae Alexander opened up about how therapy helped her work through a panic disorder and crippling anxiety. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "5 Social Media Influencers Get Real About How Therapy Is the Best Self Care," 14 May 2018 Korkor suffers from panic disorder and anxiety, and uses running and exercise to help his mental state. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin man just ran a 5K in each state in 50 consecutive days to raise awareness for mental illness," 23 June 2018 One of the main features of having a panic disorder is the debilitating fear of having a panic attack. Amanda Stern, Health.com, "I Lived With Anxiety So Debilitating It Kept Me From Going Outside—Until I Finally Received a Surprising Diagnosis," 19 June 2018 Marked by sudden feelings of fear with accompanying physical symptoms such as palpitations and sweating, panic attacks are a classic sign of panic disorder, one of the various conditions under the anxiety-disorder umbrella. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "What It's Like to Live With PTSD After Escaping Domestic Violence," 19 Apr. 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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panic disorder

noun

Medical Definition of panic disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks followed by a month or more of worry about their recurrence, implications, or consequences or by a change in behavior related to the panic attacks

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