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Re: Question about anxiety and treatment Siraris

Posted by judy1 on January 7, 2004, at 9:52:12

In reply to Question about anxiety and treatment, posted by Siraris on January 6, 2004, at 12:28:32

the hallmark of panic disorder are the attacks that come from nowhere, most people don't know what they are actually anxious about. my pdoc's approach is to use meds (benzos) to control the panic and then therapy to teach coping skills and then a gradual weaning of meds. he uses a pretty eclectic approach- some CBT, IPT, etc. he claims to have a fairly high success rate, but does have some patients who have been on benzos for decades and probably always will. I agree about the cognitive effects of meds, and I tend to taper down when I'm feeling well- and go back up if I'm having more panic attacks. overall I'm taking a lower dose of meds than I was a year ago, probably due to me learning better coping skills.
best of luck, judy


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