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.
Researchers found that people with panic disorder get the most benefit from a combination of therapies.
Panic disorder treatment includes:
There are no surgical procedures for the treatment of panic disorder.
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Last reviewed June 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
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