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panic disorder

noun, Psychiatry.
a disorder in which inappropriate, intense apprehension and physical symptoms of fear occur so frequently as to produce significant impairment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for panic disorder
  • The great naturalist, they say, may have suffered from panic disorder.
  • Others are panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • People with panic disorder suffer bouts of intense fear that strike for no apparent reasons.
  • panic disorder often follows the onset of an eating disorder.
  • panic disorder can coincide with asthma or be confused with it.
  • Medicating emotions cavalierly can increase fear of one's own body and feelings, a primary characteristic of panic disorder.
  • He overcame a panic disorder that began in the fourth grade and made him terrified to go to school for several years.
  • He is also a lifelong migraine sufferer whose headaches were for decades compounded by bouts of depression and panic disorder.
  • Researchers initially tested the drug on patients with panic disorder, and it showed some positive results.
  • panic disorder is an anxiety disorder whose essential feature is the presence of recurrent, unexpected panic attacks.
British Dictionary definitions for panic disorder

panic disorder

(psychiatry) a condition in which a person experiences recurrent panic attacks
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panic disorder in Medicine

panic disorder n.
A neurosis characterized by the occurrence of intense attacks of anxiety in specific circumstances and situations and by such symptoms as shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, dizziness, and fear of dying or of losing mental functioning.

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