This is a question that’s often asked by people struggling with Panic Attacks: “How long until I can get back to leading a normal life?” The appropriate answer to this question (and indicating of a proper mindset), should be “as long as it takes”… but since that would hardly be a useful answer unless you’re already in the anxiety management mindset, this article will try to break it down and explain the process of curing panic attacks.
Understanding the background of Panic
Before looking at the main question being analyzed here, it’s worth to consider the background and implications of panic attacks. This kind of problem tends to surface during the teenage years or early adulthood, usually during a major life transition – such as graduation, going to college, marriage, parenthood, and other defining stages in a person’s life. While the problem often arises during these times, it doesn’t necessarily go away after the new stage settles in. When left untreated, panic attacks can haunt a person for decades on end, and even become a part of who they are until their eventual deaths.
Fortunately, it’s getting less and less common for someone to have to endure a lifetime of panic. Since anxiety and panic are now recognized for what they are – a treatable psychological illness – patients now have a much better chance of getting diagnosed and treated at the soonest. And generally speaking, these conditions usually are treated more quickly when intervention occurs in early stages. Also, because panic disorders seem to be of some genetic predisposition, nowadays treatment is facilitated because parents are better informed and manage to better communicate their troubles with their children, should they ever struggle with similar conditions.
All in all, there have been significant advancement in the treatment of panic attacks — and especially in their diagnosis, over the past couple of decades. Suffering from panic attacks in the previous century would have been much more dramatic, since at the time the understanding of this sickness was still quite vague and ineffective. Those are good news, that you should keep in mind to begin with!
The Treatment Course for Panic Attacks
When it comes to actually treating a person who suffers from panic attacks, most specialists agree that best results are attained from a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. In layman’s terms, this means the patients are simultaneously taught to understand what anxiety disorders are, and they’re encouraged to change their behaviors in a way that subverts the effects of anxiety. Anxiety drugs are sometimes used to accelerate the process (especially in the most difficult patients), but all the while most sensible therapists agree that prescription drugs should be seen as a last resort in the management of anxiety – and even then they should be just a part of the treatment.
How long does it take to actually cure panic?
Through a combination of awareness nurtiring and adjustment of daily habits, most patients manage to completely overcome this problem within six months. Usually they start seeing noticeable improvements within 2 months of starting their treatment. This usually involves seeing a therapist weekly, to get the proper guidance and support. Some people have managed to come to terms with their panic issues on their own, but this is not a viable option for everyone. The problem that arises when trying to deal with anxiety on your own is the lack of perspective and motivation. It’s not unlike going on a diet; you may happen to succeed on your own, but your odds of success are much higher if you get some coaching and join a group of people sharing the same goal.