panic disorder


Definition of panic disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks

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Recent Examples on the Web This is an umbrella term that includes generalized, social and panic disorders, in which a child is distressed about everyday things like school or sports. Paul L. Underwood, New York Times, "Are My Kid’s Tantrums Abnormal?," 17 Apr. 2020 Persistent, excessive worry might signal one of several anxiety disorders, like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or separation anxiety disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Surprising Reasons Your Heart Is Racing and How to Remedy Them," 27 Mar. 2020 And a 2019 review concluded adding yoga to existing therapy can help with treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly panic disorder. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Yoga may ease symptoms of depression, study says," 18 May 2020 She's been diagnosed with a panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "‘Isolation is a big trigger’: Feelings of suicide are amplified amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorder, specifically to help provide short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety and to treat panic disorder. Korin Miller,, "An Anti-Anxiety Medication Was Just Recalled Due to a 'Risk of Infection'—Here's What to Know," 29 Oct. 2019 Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. are affected by generalized anxiety disorder and about 6 million by panic disorder. NBC News, "NBC News employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Xanax, also called alprazolam, is primarily used to manage anxiety and panic disorders, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "ASU student found dead in Tempe fraternity housing died of mixed drug intoxication," 28 Jan. 2020 This, apparently, is a lesson in how to treat a panic disorder, deal with stress, get in tune with your body, and heal trauma. Jennifer Gunter, STAT, "Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix," 17 Jan. 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Panic disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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