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press the panic button

To overreact to a negative situation with an inordinate amount of fear, alarm, or confusion. If you're going to be a successful boss, you can't press the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to press the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets.
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hit the panic button

To overreact to a negative situation with an inordinate amount of fear, alarm, or confusion. If you're going to be a successful boss, you can't hit the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to hit the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets. You learn to chill out when you have more kids.
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panic stations

A shared feeling of extreme anxiety, stress, and urgency, especially in the face of a looming deadline. Even though we've been preparing for months, it's still been panic stations in the office as we get the product ready for launch.
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push the panic button

To overreact to a negative situation with an inordinate amount of fear, alarm, or confusion. If you're going to be a successful boss, you can't push the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to push the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets. You learn to chill out when you have more kids.
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hit the panic button

 and press the panic button; push the panic button
Fig. to panic suddenly. She hit the panic button and just went to pieces. Don't press the panic button. Relax and keep your eyes open.
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panic at something

to lose control in a frightening or shocking situation. Try not to panic at what you see. It will be a shock. Don't panic at the price of food. It will be worse next week.
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panic someone by something

to make someone lose control by doing something. She panicked Denise by describing the event too vividly. She panicked her horse by jerking the reins too tightly.
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push the panic button

Also, press the panic button. Overreact to a situation, as in Don't worry; Jane is always pushing the panic button, but I'm sure the baby's fine. This term originated during World War II, when certain bombers had a bell-warning system so that the crew could bail out if the plane was severely hit. Occasionally a pilot would push the button in error, when there was only minor damage, causing the crew to bail out unnecessarily. By 1950 the expression had been transferred to other kinds of overreaction.
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hit the panic button

and press the panic button and push the panic button
tv. to panic. She hit the panic button and just went to pieces. Don’t press the panic button until you think it through.
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press the panic button

verb
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push the panic button

verb
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panic

n. a very funny or exciting person or thing. Paul is a panic. He tells a joke a minute.
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Thankfully they can be successfully treated with medication or psychological therapy so if you think you might be suffering from panic attacks do talk to your GP about possible courses of action.
In a recently presented Freespira clinical trial, 98% of patients demonstrated panic symptom reduction and 64% were free from panic episodes after the four-week Freespira treatment.
He said that panic disorder can radically impair family, work, and social relationships and patients may lose their jobs and independence.
A private consortium of banks and other private entities took steps to bolster confidence amid the early 20th century panic.
Describing how a panic attack sets itself into motion, she says the individual starts to think fast, his thoughts begin to race, as result of which, his mind is rendered incapable of clear thinking.
8220;In my thirty-year long career I am proud to have successfully treated over 5,000 panic disorder patients.
By contrast, only three of 12 healthy participants panicked-a rate similar to adults with no history of panic attacks.
One of the two main avenues of research on gender and panic disorder has built upon Fodor's (1974) attempt to account for the statistical gender gap by proposing that social expectations to be passive, fearful, and dependent have predisposed women to agoraphobia.
Tory MP Bernard Jenkin has claimed the fuel panic was a way to take people's minds off other blunders by the party.
Fortified rooms first came to widespread attention following the release of the 2002 movie Panic Room starring Jodie Foster.
This paper outlines the hypnotic preparation of a mother-to-be, Poppy, who presented for anxiety management of panic attacks of moderate severity.
If you dared venture back between 1854 and 1919, you could very well find yourself smack in the midst of the Panic of 1857, the Panic of 1873, the Panic of 1893, the Panic of 1896, the Panic of 1910, the Long Depression, or any of a host of nasty recessions.
CHICAGO -- Panic-focused psycho-dynamic psychotherapy was as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy in reducing panic symptoms 6 months after treatment in a small ongoing randomized controlled trial.
Culture and Panic Disorder" explores how culture plays a major role in classifying many panic disorders that disparate societies deals with differently.