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panic disorder treatment

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Cognitive Behavioral therapy goes into a four step process.

learning what causes panic attacks

learning to breath differently so as to reduce anxiety and panic 

learning how to handle panic thoughts

testing your new abilities in low-anxiety situations, then higher-anxiety situations

This therapy has nothing to do with medication and is all centered around changing thoughts and behaviors.

It is not recommended to take medication with CBT therapy. The first reason is because medication does not really save time because they can be slow to "kick in". There are faster working medications such as Valium, but the problem with these types of medications are that they can become addictive. The second reason is because the medications can interfere with learning from CBT therapy.

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NIMH · How is panic disorder treated?

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How is panic disorder treated?
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Psychotherapy also called cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of treatment. This therapy focuses on on helping a person with panic disorder to think, act or behave to situations that help him/her feel less fearful.

Medication may also be perscribed to treat a panic disorder. The most commonly used medications are antidepressants and anti-anxiety. However medication should not be taken for long periods of time and side effects may occur.

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