Someone struggling to live with panic attacks has to learn not only to deal with the phobic situations that are a consequence of a panic disorder, but also how to deal with the panic attack itself. This treatment goes under the heading of “exposure therapy,” or “cognitive-behavioral treatment.” Once the panicky person has learned through experience that the panic attack, like all feelings, is not in itself destructive, the condition melts away. But something more important to be learned is a change of attitude toward life itself. This alteration is impossible to achieve during a limited exposure therapy—or any brief method of treatment. It’s a change of perspective on the way someone should live.
Read the entire article here: Beyond Panic Disorder: A Way of Living