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What are the treatment options for panic disorder in veterans?

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, and anxiety disorders in general are treated with either psychotherapy, medication, or preferably a combination of both. The psychotherapy approach most recommended for panic disorder is CBT, or cognitive-behavioral therapy. The cognitive part of CBT focuses on the patterns of thinking behind your fears, and the behavioral part works on changing how you react to the situations or triggers that create anxiety for you.

The type of medication most often prescribed for panic disorder are the SSRIs, or serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Brand names of SSRIs include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Lexapro. SSRIs relieve anxiety symptoms by blocking the reabsorption (reuptake) of serotonin in the brain. This makes more serotonin available in the brain, which improves your mood. However, keep in mind that medications do not “cure” panic disorder. They help control the symptoms of anxiety to make psychotherapy more effective for you.

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