Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - Other Treatment
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 is the most
effective type of therapy for panic disorder. Other types of counseling you might choose to seek
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.
Body-centered relaxation exercises can be useful for
reducing anxiety and treating symptoms of stress. They include:
Mindfulness activities are techniques that help relax the mind. They are often
combined with body-centered relaxation exercises. These techniques include:
- Autogenic training. This is used to
return the body to a normal state after a
- Self-hypnosis. It
can open the mind to suggestions that can relieve stress or change the way you
respond to stressful situations.
- Meditation, where you focus your attention on the things that are
happening right now in the present moment. One way to do this is by paying
attention to your breathing.
- Stress Management: Doing Meditation
- Guided imagery (visualization). This is a method of using your
imagination to help you relax and release tension caused by stress. Your body
responds to the images in your mind.
- Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
- Music therapy. It can relax your
body, improve your mood, and change the pace of your day.
- Humor therapy. This treatment is becoming widely accepted as a tool for reducing stress
and boosting the body's immune system.