|Panic disorder is treated with both panic-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and drug therapy. Because individuals with panic disorder have an intense fear of abandonment, it is essential to establish and maintain a good therapeutic relationship with a therapist who will continue to be available to the individual. The goal of cognitive therapy is to suggest that panic is a misinterpretation of body sensations and that the danger is not as extreme as perceived. Other psychotherapy may be considered but should be supplemented with or replaced with cognitive behavioral therapy if no significant improvement occurs within 6 to 8 weeks.|
Relaxation training and progressive muscle relaxation may be helpful along with training in breath control. Drug therapy usually includes the use of antidepressants. MAO inhibitors may also be useful in treatment. A benzodiazepine can be used in the first weeks of treatment to help an individual calm down until the antidepressant becomes effective. Benzodiazepines should be confined to short-term use because of the risk of abuse and dependence.
Source: Medical Disability Advisor