Strategies to Make Panic Disorder Treatment More Effective

Strategies to Make Treatment More Effective

Many people with panic disorder benefit from joining a self-help group and sharing their problems and achievements with others. Talking with trusted friends or a trusted member of the clergy can also be helpful, although it is not a substitute for mental healthcare. Participating in an Internet chat room may also be of value in sharing concerns and decreasing a sense of isolation, but any advice received should be viewed with caution.
The family is of great importance in the recovery of a person with panic disorder. Ideally, the family should be supportive without helping to perpetuate the person's symptoms. If the family tends to trivialize the disorder or demand improvement without treatment, the affected person will suffer.
Stress management techniques and meditation may help you to calm yourself and enhance the effects of therapy, although there is currently no scientific evidence to support the value of these "wellness" approaches to recovery from panic disorders.
There is preliminary evidence that aerobic exercise may be of value, and it is known that caffeine, illicit drugs, and even some over-the-counter cold medications can aggravate the symptoms of panic disorder. So be sure to check with your physician or pharmacist before taking any additional medicines.
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