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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have panic attacks. doctor wants to give me xanax (alprazolam) but i am afraid to get addicted to something. what is your advice?

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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Get a second opinion: Hi, First, a full psychiatric assessment, then a decision about medications (often SSRIs), and psychotherapy (CBT is evidence based for panic attacks). Xanax (alprazolam) is a short term (strong underscore on short -term) solution, is addictive, can hinder psychotherapy, and is only appropriate in the absence of a mood disorder. Hope this is helpful. Take good care.
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