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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:

Lifestyle changes
Other treatments
Alternative and complementary therapies

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


Panic disorder. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated July 8, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Panic disorder. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: Accessed December 23, 2015.

8/22/2006 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance 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.

Last reviewed December 2015 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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