Other Treatments for Panic Disorder
Treatment of panic disorder is tailored to meet your particular needs. The following treatment approaches have proven to be effective for panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. During counseling or treatment with a mental health professional, you will be taught these approaches and learn how to apply them to your daily life.
Behavior therapy is used to help you modify and gain control over your behavior. It helps you learn how to cope with anxiety-provoking situations through controlled exposure to them. Interoceptive exposure, or desensitization therapy, is a type of behavior therapy that helps desensitize you to the physical sensations that occur during a panic attack by gradual exposure to stressful situations. Symptoms of a panic attack, such as rapid heart rate and sweating, are induced in a controlled setting. You are taught to prevent the symptoms from turning into a full-blown panic attack.
Cognitive therapy helps you to change patterns of thinking that are unproductive and harmful. For example, some people have unrealistic worries that they’re going crazy or might have a
A variety of relaxation techniques can help you ease your way through a panic attack. Examples include deep breathing and positive visualization. Many people with panic disorder have a faster than average breathing rate, so learning to slow down breathing can help prevent future attacks.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. Available at: http://www.adaa.org/ .
American Psychological Association website. Available at: http://www.apa.org/ .
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