"Talk Therapy" May Help With Panic Disorder

Just walking down a very crowded street might be enough to instill intense anxiety in people who suffer from panic disorder. Research from Weill Cornell Medical College finds three months of something called "talk therapy" might help ease symptoms.

It includes sessions twice a week that focus not only on patients' symptoms, but also what happens unconsciously in patients that may bring on panic attacks in the first place.

In the study, nearly two-thirds of people in talk therapy had much less anxiety and other symptoms.

In the study, about 40% of people with panic disorder showed improvement with relaxation training.

Talk therapy is also referred to as psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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