The best panic attack treatment focuses on reducing the amount of panic attacks and ease the severity of the panic attack symptoms. The two main types of therapy are: psychological therapy and medication or a combination of both. According to researchers Furukawa, Watanabe, & Churchill (2006) a combination of psychological therapy and medication is the preferred method during the acute phase and during the rest of the therapy. The results of their meta analysis show that a combination of medication and psychological therapy is significantly better than only psychological therapy and much better than just medication. However the benefits the combination of medication and psychological therapy has over just psychological therapy is gone 6 to 24 months after terminating the treatment.
Panic attack treatment – psychological therapy
Antidepressants are usually used for treating depression, but they are also used for treating panic attacks. Antidepressants take two to four weeks to become effective. SSRI’s and TCA’s are both equally effective according to Furukawa et al. (2006). For more information about SSRI’s and TCA’s, please click here. Medication treatment alone is usually only prescribed after psychological therapy has been given. People who only used medication as a treatment for panic attacks have a bigger chance to relapse, compared to psychological treatment or a combination of medication and psychological treatment.