Like other anxiety disorders, panic disorder and agoraphobia can be treated.
Most people find significant improvement with professional care. Treatment success varies among people. Some may respond to treatment after a few months, while other people may need more than a year. Treatment can be complicated if a person has more than one anxiety disorder or suffers from depression or substance abuse, which is why it must be tailored to the individual.
Although treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective. Therapists will use therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
Learn seven steps to break the cycle of panic in Facing Panic: Self-Help for People With Panic Attacks.
Download the charts found in this book to help you practice and track the skills you learn to overcome your panic.
Chart 1: Practicing the Calming Skills
Chart 2: Practice Creating Symptoms
Chart 3: Practice Creating Symptoms
Chart 4: Listening & Ranking My Feared Situations
Chart 5: Details of My Feared Situations
Chart 6: Preparing to Practice
Chart 7: Learning from Practice