Definition of panic disorder in US English:

panic disorder


  • A psychiatric disorder in which debilitating anxiety and fear arise frequently and without reasonable cause.

    • ‘The isolation of panic disorder from anxiety neurosis corresponded to the development of anti-anxiety medications.’
    • ‘Serotonin dysregulation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of anxiety disorders in general and panic disorder in particular.’
    • ‘Depression, panic disorder, and generalised anxiety disorder may all be treated effectively with antidepressant drugs.’
    • ‘In DSM-III, anxiety neurosis was divided into panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.’
    • ‘These disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces.’