panic disorder


: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the latest episode of Unmasked, Mullins shares his experience coping with mental health and a panic disorder. Quincy Green, Billboard, 20 Oct. 2022 Doctors who receive training in medical cannabis will be able to recommend the products to treat more than a dozen symptoms and conditions, such as chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, muscle spasticity, depression, and panic disorder. Mike Cason |, al, 23 Sep. 2022 Health anxiety overlaps with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder, explains Paul Salkovskis, a clinical psychologist in the U.K. who has studied health anxiety for decades. Time, 20 Sep. 2022 Going to therapy and taking medication helped Doyle cope with his anxiety and panic disorder over the years. Katie Dupere, Men's Health, 11 July 2022 Panic attacks are the hallmark sign of panic disorder, which is a type of anxiety disorder, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Serena Coady, SELF, 4 May 2022 Also in digital therapeutics, Freespira, which makes a device and software to treat panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, appointed Joseph Perekupka as CEO. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 18 June 2022 No one deserves to live with the symptoms of panic disorder—and professional treatment is necessary when the condition starts to overwhelm a person’s daily life. Serena Coady, SELF, 4 May 2022 Saget was also positive for COVID-19 and was taking clonazepam, a prescription drug that helps treat seizures, panic disorder and anxiety. Joelle Goldstein,, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of panic disorder was in 1978

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“Panic disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

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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