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Managing Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are relatively common, with an estimated 2-3% of the population experiencing them at some point in their lives. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear or anxiety that can come on without warning and often for no apparent reason. They can be very distressing and can interfere with a person’s ability to function in their daily life. If you are experiencing panic attacks, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional, as panic disorder can be effectively treated with therapy and/or medication.

How to manage and treat panic attacks

There are several effective treatments for panic disorder. The most common treatments include:

  1. Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most commonly used form of psychotherapy for panic disorder. It helps people learn to recognize and change negative thinking patterns and behaviors that contribute to panic attacks.
  2. Medication: Several types of medications can be used to treat panic disorder, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. SSRIs are a type of antidepressant that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks. Benzodiazepines are a type of anti-anxiety medication that can help reduce the symptoms of panic attacks.
  3. Combination of medication and therapy: In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy may be the most effective treatment for panic disorder.

It is important to work with a mental health professional like Dr. Paul Poulakos to determine the best treatment approach for your specific needs and circumstances.

Are panic attacks curable?

With appropriate treatment, many people with panic disorder can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of their panic attacks and improve their quality of life. While it may not be possible to completely “cure” panic disorder, most people are able to effectively manage their symptoms with treatment and go on to lead fulfilling lives. 

Schedule an appointment

When you or a loved one seeks assistance and support for panic attacks, contact Dr. Poulakos at his New York City office to schedule a consultation where you will learn about the ways he can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Dr. Poulakos offers evidence-based, individualized treatment using medication and psychotherapy, and state-of-the-art therapies. When people are directly involved in creating their own treatment plan including wellness goals and support services, they experience improved outcomes. He is a caring and compassionate doctor who will work with you to find solutions that meet your unique needs.

At a Glance

Dr. Paul Poulakos

  • Attending Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Past Clinical Assistant Professor of NYU Langone Medical Center
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