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Glossary for Panic disorder

  • Agoraphobia: Fear of unfamiliar surroundings
  • Alcohol abuse: Excessive use of alcohol ranging from binge drinking to severe alcoholism
  • Anxiety conditions: Medical conditions related to anxiety, fear, and panic.
  • Anxiety disorders: Anxiety disorders are persistent and excessive feelings of fear, worry or uneasiness that are significant enough to have an impact on day-to-day life. Excessive anxiety can have repercussions on physical and mental health. There are a number of different subtypes of anxiety disorders such as General anxiety, Social anxiety, Phobias, Hypochondria and Obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Behavioral disorders: Disorders affecting behavior and emotional wellbeing
  • Bipolar disorder: Cycles of mania and depression; commonly called "manic-depression".
  • COPD: Severe obstruction of bronchial air flow typically from bronchitis and/or emphysema.
  • Chemical addiction: Addiction to and abuse of various substances.
  • Chronic pain: Ongoing pain of any type
  • Delusional disorder: Persisting delusional beliefs
  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Digestive symptoms: Any symptoms affecting the digestive tract.
  • Drug abuse: Addiction to any of various illicit drugs.
  • Dysthymia/seasonal depression disorder, PND:
  • Emotional disorders: A disorder of emotions
  • Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is defined as an abnormal, permanent enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles accompanied by destruction of their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Fear: Excessive feelings of fear.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder: Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear.
  • Graves Disease: is an autoimmune disease characterized by hyperthyroidism due to circulating autoantibodies. Thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins (TSIs) bind to and activate thyrotropin receptors, causing the thyroid gland to grow and the thyroid follicles to increase synthesis of thyroid hormone.
  • Heart attack: Serious and often fatal acute heart condition
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Hyperthyroidism: Too much thyroid hormone production.
  • Hyperventilation: Excessively rapid breathing causing blood gas imbalances
  • Hypochondriasis: A disorder characterised by a preoccupation with normal bodily functions as abnormalities
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: Spasms in the colon wall
  • Isolation: Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Lorazepam -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Lorazepam during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Mental health conditions: Medical conditions related to mental health, emotions, behavior, personality, psychology, psychiatry, and so on.
  • Mental illness: Any psychological syndrome
  • Migraine: Chronic recurring headaches with or without a preceding aura.
  • Mitral-valve prolapse: A common heart condition that is often harmless.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a behavioural disorder involving obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts. Washers and cleaners represent one form of manifestation of OCD and involves obsessive thoughts and compulsions about contamination of any form - germs, bacteria, viruses, dirt etc. Sufferers feel compelled to safeguard themselves and their surroundings from contamination but repeatedly washing their hands and cleaning surfaces, their clothes and other objects in their environment.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Behavioral disorder with obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts.
  • Palpitations: The subjective sensation of the beating of the heart at a rapid or irregular rate
  • Panic attack: Sudden attack of unreasonable panic or fear without any real danger
  • Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma is a neuroendocrine tumor of the medulla of the adrenal glands (originating in the chromaffin cells), or extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue that failed to involute after birth and secretes excessive amounts of catecholamines, usually epinephrine and norepinephrine.
  • Phobias: Irrational fear of a particular situation, action, or item.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: Stress following a traumatic event.
  • Postpartum depression: The occurrence of depression in a woman that occurs after the birth of a child
  • Pounding heartbeat: The sensation of a pounding heart
  • Psychiatric disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Psychological disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Rapid heart beat: Excessively rapid heart beat.
  • Schizophrenia: A psychiatric disorder characterized by hallucinations and delusional beliefs where a person is unable to distinguish between reality and imagination. The condition tends to have a chronic nature and can be severely debilitating if treatment isn't sought.
  • Separation anxiety disorder: Excessive anxiety over separation
  • Sinus tachycardia: A condition which is characterized by a fast heart rate
  • Social phobia: Excessive anxiety in social situations.
  • Social problems: Difficulty relating to other people
  • Society problems: Difficulty interacting in society.
  • Somatization Disorder: A disorder that is characterised by multiple somatic complaints
  • Specific phobias: Irrational fears of specific situations, actions or items.
  • Suicidal symptoms: Thoughts or actions toward suicide.
  • Suicide: Taking one's own life or attempting to do so.
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia: A rapid heart rate, the cause of which originates above the ventricles.


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