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anxiety reaction

noun

medical Definition of anxiety reaction

:reaction to a feared situation or object in which various manifestations of anxiety (as shortness of breath, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, or irritability) are prominent
  • Once an anxiety reaction has been precipitated in an anxiety-prone individual, an interesting question has to do with what factors actually maintain the anxiety and associated responses.
  • —Robert A. Ditomasso and Elizabeth A. GoschAnxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Guide to Comparative Treatments2002

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