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Hello! I have a friend who suffers from panic disorder. At first she only felt racing heartbeat and difficulty breathing but when similar situations occurred again she started to feel fear of dying. She started to see her psychotherapist but no significant improvement happened so far. Is psychotherapy enough for panic disorder treatment?

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Hello! The psychotherapy is a very important component of treatment for panic disorders. We can say it is equally as important as medication treatment. But, I don’t think it is enough. Many researches showed that combination of psychotherapy and medication is more effective than either intervention alone. Medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and those that belong to benzodiazepine families of medications are used to treat panic disorder. Improvement is usually noticed in about two to three months
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Hi Gaby - As Ray mentioned, medication and therapy together can be more effective. However, it is important to remember that some medications do carry risks. SSRIs have been known to increase suicidal thinking compared to placebos. There is a good article from the Harvard Health Review.
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