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This may be a somewhat archaic word, but I recall learning it from Nabokov's Lolita. It has that 'vortex','spasm' sort of phonetic similarity lying on the tip of my tongue...

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Maelstrom :

  • situation in which there are a lot of confused activities, emotions, etc.

(M-W)

  • Closest, it was actually paroxysm! *It was a formal word, I forgot to mention this – silenceislife Jul 17 '15 at 10:34
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    @silenceislife chasly's suggestion is actually a better fit for your question; it references the situation rather than the outburst. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 17 '15 at 11:05
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Tailspin may suggest it:

  • (Informal) A loss of emotional control sometimes resulting in emotional collapse.

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