panic disorder


Definition of panic disorder 

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks

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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 In an interview with, influencer and Adidas global ambassador Chinae Alexander opened up about how therapy helped her work through a panic disorder and crippling anxiety. Anthea Levi,, "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,, "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 In their responses to us, many readers in this age group were much more likely than older readers to cite specific psychiatric diagnoses: social anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, as well as depression. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories," 17 Apr. 2018 Anxiety disorders There are a number of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder, among others. Ginger Christ,, "Kevin Love 'brave' voice for those living with mental illness, panic disorders," 7 Mar. 2018 According to the American Psychological Association, around one out of every 75 people might experience panic disorder, for which the hallmark symptom is panic attacks. CBS News, "Basketball star Kevin Love opens up about panic attacks," 6 Mar. 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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