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Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - Other Treatment

Counseling

Medicines to treat panic disorder often may prevent another panic attack. But they may not take away the fear of having another attack. Counseling can help you handle this fear. The fear of having an attack may actually bring on another attack.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on changing certain thinking and behavior patterns. It has been proved effective for treating panic disorder. Other types of counseling you might choose to seek include:

  • Exposure therapy. This is a type of cognitive-behavioral counseling.
  • Family therapy. This can help those who care about you learn about panic disorder. And it can help you maintain good relationships.

Support groups and self-help

Support groups are often good places to share information, problem-solving tips, and emotions related to panic disorder.

Online discussion forums and websites may also offer information and support.

Self-help materials can help you learn to cope with panic disorder or anxiety. These include instructional videos, books, and audio materials.

Relaxation exercises

Body-centered relaxation exercises can be useful for reducing anxiety and treating symptoms of stress. They include:

Mindfulness activities

Mindfulness activities are techniques that help relax the mind. They are often combined with body-centered relaxation exercises. These techniques include:

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 17, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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