In addition to medical treatment, the following lifestyle changes may help you manage the symptoms of panic disorder:
Some people find that avoiding caffeine helps reduce panic attacks. Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some soft drinks.
For information on reducing your caffeine intake,
may exacerbate your feelings of
anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you need help reducing your alcohol intake or quitting drinking entirely.
unless prescribed or approved by your doctor. If you think you are addicted to illegal drugs or
or nonprescription medications, ask your doctor for help overcoming dependence on these substances.
Feeling well rested can help you to feel more relaxed.
For more information on getting a good night sleep,
Give yourself a little quiet time each day. This will help you release stress and feel calmer.
For more information on reducing stress,
National Institute of Mental Health
website. Available at:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/panic-disorder.shtml. Updated January 23, 2009. Accessed March 25, 2009.
Last reviewed November 2012 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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