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Medical Term:

anxiety reaction

 

Definition: a psychological reaction or experience involving the apprehension of danger accompanied by a feeling of dread and such physical symptoms as an increase in the rate of breathing, sweating, and tachycardia, in the absence of a clearly identifiable fear stimulus; when chronic, it is called generalized anxiety disorder.

Synonym(s): acute stress reaction

See Also: panic attack

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