Hope this helps the confusion. The terms anxiety attacks and panic attacks are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In this sense, the difference is purely a matter of semantics. But from a clinical perspective, panic and anxiety are defined by different features.
The DSM-IV-TR uses the term panic attack to describe the hallmark features associated with panic disorder. The term “anxiety attack” is not defined in the DSM-IV-TR. Rather, anxiety is used to describe a core feature of several illnesses identified under the headline, “Anxiety Disorders.” Disorders under this heading include:
Agoraphobia without History of Panic Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This is a rather general answer so if you would like more information please don't hesitate to ask.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 10 Jul 2010 • 30 answers
Posted 5 Dec 2010 • 5 answers
Posted 26 Jan 2013 • 1 answer
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - I have a question about meds. I have GAD's with panic disorder and I?
Posted 19 Mar 2013 • 1 answer
Posted 23 Feb 2015 • 3 answers