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    Dr. Reid Wilson is a psychologist who primarily prescribes the 'psychological' theory of panic. There seem to be 2 sides of the panic disorder issue - some experts insist the
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    problem is psychological and all the psychological techniques, including cognitive/behavioral therapy offer the "cure." Some sufferers respond very well to the psychological "cure." However, others do not, even after 10+ years of cognitive/behavioral types of therapy, hypnosis, and on and on. This group of people need medication, which works, (I have been one of them). The main problem is that the benzodiazepines (e.g. clonazepam), although working very well, need to be taken daily, and when one tries to go off them, the withdrawal sxs can be severe. The anti-depressants can be very helpful to some, or not very helpful or even terrible for others. And some of these can cause withdrawal sxs when discontinued. They can also have very uncomfortable side effects as well. (every sufferer is different, and respond differently to these meds, which further complicates the picture).


    But I am tired of psychologists insisting that psychological therapy is enough and can cure everyone ---- because that is just not the truth. A certain percentage will need to take medication, and so far they haven't found a good medication that works, that is not addictive, that doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped.......... For a while, back in the 80's, there was a flurry of research out there on panic disorder. Now it seems to have really slowed down.


    Anyone know of ANYTHING NEW OUT THERE with regards to treating panic disorder/agoraphobia?
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