A 21-year-old member asked:
Whats the best therapy/treatment for panic attacks?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: It's a matter of opinion. Sometimes just getting a checkup and being reassured that you are fine is helpful. Then there are medications for anxiety. If you tend to hyperventilate, then it is sometimes helpful to breathe into a paper bag. My preference is hypnosis however since it is one of the things I use and I have seen it to be very successful.
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Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
CBT & Meds: Have you tried relaxation breathing? If you want to avoid medication for your panic attacks, i highly recommend the book: the relaxation response by benson. Read the entire book, then start doing the exercises as contained in the book. Start with 5 minutes twice a day working up to 10 minutes twice a day. Your panic should resolve. You will be able to stop an attack with the book's techniques.
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Looking for all natural treatment for panic attacks. Any suggestion on what works best?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctoranswered
Yes: Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for panic disorder and usually consists of 6 to 12 sessions with a psychologist. Mindfulness therapy and deep breathing/relaxation exercises are helpful for many people but less supported by experimental evidence. Aromatherapy (using a familiar, relaxing scent such as lavender) to calm a developing panic attack is promising and growing in popularity as well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
What is the best treatment for panic attacks?
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Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Find a psychologist: Psychiatrist or counselor who treats anxiety. The most effective treatments are relaxation training (sometimes with the aid of biofeedback -- www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org) plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. Therapy is sometimes augmented with medication and is quite successful.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
What is the best thing that you can do for yourself if you are having a panic attack?
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Dr. William Drescheranswered
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Relax: Of course, when you are having a panic attack, relaxing is the last thing you thing of because you think you are dying - you are not. A panic attack is a psychological way of avoiding an intrusive thought or feeling by diverting your attention - and it works !
as a longer term solution, seek psychotherapy to find out what is under the surface that is bothering you.
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