Panic Disorder Basics
Panic Disorder: Treatment
Treatment for panic disorder is often very successful and usually consists of a pharmacological and psychotherapeutic component.
Psychotherapy: A clinician will likely start cognitive behavioral therapy to begin reducing negative, avoidance-based behavior patterns. Another common form of treatment is exposure therapy, which counteracts anticipatory anxiety through gradual exposure to situations that are associated with attacks.
Pharmacological: Various classes of drugs may be prescribed to treat the effects of panic attacks, starting with antidepressants, which have proven effective. Benzodiazepines (Xanax, among others) are also used, though these drugs carry a risk of dependence.