These episodes are referred to as panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by heightened feelings of disaster or of losing control even when there is no immediate threat. The fear can be limited to a specific circumstance, such as getting in an elevator or driving over a bridge, and some attempt to manage their disorder by avoiding certain situations. Many people associate agoraphobia with panic attacks. While agoraphobia was originally thought to involve a fear of public places and open spaces, experts now believe agoraphobia is a complication or outgrowth of panic attacks. People with panic disorder are fearful of having another attack and often avoid places where previous attacks have occurred. As their attacks become more frequent, their world gets smaller and smaller.
Source: Panic Disorder: Causes & Treatment for Panic Attacks | LiveScience
Merryll Vorster testified Monday that events during Pistorius’ life, including the amputation of his lower legs as a baby and his late mother’s habit of sleeping with a gun under her pillow, contributed to his “increasing stress.” Pistorius’ defense said it would show his feelings of “vulnerability” contributed to him shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year fearing she was an intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle in his home. Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp intentionally after an argument. The Olympian is charged with premeditated murder. Vorster said she interviewed Pistorius and some of his family members and friends. Also on HuffPost: Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day.. Facebook
Source: Psychiatrist: Oscar Pistorius Has ‘Anxiety Disorder’