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What are the treatments for panic attacks?

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A panic attack is a sudden onset of anxiety, fear, shaking, or other symptoms that can last for minutes. The usual treatments for panic attacks is psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication, or both. Whatever you and your doctor decide, give the treatment enough time to work. Usually, a large number of people who stick with their treatment plans see improvements in their symptoms without any lasting problems.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

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