Treatments for Panic Disorder

Medical care can help most people with panic disorder, but treatment success varies from person to person. Most people respond well to treatment and can return to normal functioning in weeks or months. Treatment can be complicated by having another condition at the same time, such as substance abuse, depression, or other anxiety disorders.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and specially-trained primary care providers are trained to treat panic disorder. If your doctor doesn't have special training, ask for the name of a doctor or counselor who does.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapies

There are no surgical procedures for the treatment of panic disorder.

Researchers found that people with panic disorder get the most benefit from a combination of treatment (therapy and medication).

Revision Information

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. Available at: http://www.adaa.org.

  • National Anxiety Foundation website. Available at: http://www.lexington-on-line.com/naf.html.

  • 8/22/2006 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us: Furukawa TA, Watanabe N, Churchill R. Psychotherapy plus antidepressant for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia: systematic review. Br J Psychiatry. 2006;188:305-312.