Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them
Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them

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Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them

Glossary

catastrophic interpretation
A term used to describe how a person with panic disorder misinterprets (misunderstands) body sensations as meaning something terrible.
hyperventilation
Otherwise known as ‘over breathing’, this occues when a person breathes faster/more deeply than usual leading to a lack of carbon dioxide in the body and a range of symptoms including often feeling light-headed.
panic
A sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety.
panic attacks
A diagnostic term for a type of panic experience that consists of a combination of physical, cognitive and emotional ‘symptoms’.
panic disorder
A psychological diagnosis used to label the experience of people who experience frequent panic attacks.
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