panic disorder


Definition of panic disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks

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Xanax is a medication for anxiety and panic disorder. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "Bay Area swimming instructor accused of Snapchat drug, alcohol and cigarette sales to youths," 6 Aug. 2019 Fillmore had been diagnosed years earlier with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic disorder and depression. Washington Post, "AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides," 18 June 2019 She was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic disorder and depression, and was prescribed Xanax and the stimulant D-amphetamine sulfate, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against Duchesne County. Sharon Cohen, The Denver Post, "AP Investigation: Many U.S. jails fail to stop inmate suicides," 18 June 2019 By the way, these tactics come from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a first-line therapy treatment for panic disorder. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "8 Ways to Make Panic Attacks a Little More Bearable," 5 June 2019 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,, "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,, "Why This Ballerina With Panic Disorder and Depression Refuses to Apologize for Her Mental Illness," 22 May 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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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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