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Finding Therapy for Panic Attacks

[10 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 26 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Finding Therapy for Panic AttacksPanic attacks are very unpleasant. Those who have never had one before, and sometimes those who have, may think they’re having a heart attack.

In fact, virtually all of the symptoms are the same. Once you’ve determined that it was a panic attack and not a heart attack, you’ll certainly want to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Medication is often prescribed for panic attacks, but that doesn’t address the entire problem. And some patients do not like the idea of taking prescription drugs.

Therapy is often helpful, but many panic disorder sufferers do not know where to get it. Here are some resources you can turn to:

* Ask your doctor. Primary care and emergency room doctors should be able to refer you to a qualified therapist. And since they’ve evaluated you already, they should have some idea of what type of therapy would be best for you.

* Call your insurance company. It’s a good idea to do this anyway if you’re not completely sure how their mental health coverage works. And they may even be able to refer you to a therapist without requiring you to see a doctor first if you’d rather not.

* Contact your local mental health agency. They can provide referrals, and many offer free or low-cost therapy options for those who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover the entire cost.

* Talk to friends and family members who have been through therapy. They can answer your questions about the process and perhaps refer you to a good therapist. If that therapist doesn’t accept your insurance, perhaps he can refer you to a good therapist who does.

* Try a therapy referral service. This is a good option for those who are concerned about being stigmatized because they need help. Do a Google search for the specific type of therapy you’re seeking, followed by the word “referral.” You may also find listings in your local phone book.

* Seek online therapy. This type of therapy is conducted via live chat or email. Phone sessions may also be available. Those who are homebound, are too busy to make it to therapy appointments, or have severe social anxiety often opt for this type of therapy. Keep in mind, however, that insurance companies are less likely to cover online therapy than traditional face-to-face therapy.

Therapy can be extremely effective against panic attacks. But in order for it to work, you need to find a therapist who is knowledgeable about treating those with panic disorder. By finding a therapist with experience in the types of therapy that are effective against panic attacks, you can greatly increase your chances of success.

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