PAROXYSM By N., Sam M.S. - 3 noun. 1. the unexpected strengthening or repetition of an illness or an emotional condition. 2. a spasm, convulsion, or seizure. PAROXYSM: "Paroxsym can be difficult to treat in many cases as it often takes time to discern what the cause of it is." Related Psychology Terms EPILEPSY (Symptoms and Types) CHILD PSYCHIATRY A Comparison of Maternal and Paternal Filicide ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY (Elec- troconvulsive Therapy; EST, ECT) COLITIS READING DISABILITY (Paralexia, Dyslexia) CHILD ABUSE (The Battered-Child Syndrome) Dissociative Identity Disorder SCHIZOPHRENIA (OTHER TYPES) EPILEPSY (Etiology and Therapy) Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "PAROXYSM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/paroxysm/ (accessed June 27, 2022).