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Getting Help for Anxiety Disorder
Finding Help For Anxiety Disorders
Often the person with panic disorder must undertake a strenuous search
to find a therapist who is familiar with the most effective treatments
for the condition. A list of places to start follows. The Anxiety Disorders
Association of America can provide a list of professionals in your area
who specialize in the treatment of panic disorder and other anxiety
Self-help and support groups are the least expensive approach to managing
panic disorder, and are helpful for some people. A group of about 5
to 10 people meet weekly and share their experiences, encouraging each
other to venture into feared situations and cope effectively with panic
attacks. Group members are in charge of the sessions. Often family members
are invited to attend these groups, and at times a therapist or other
panic disorder expert may be brought in to share insights with group
members. Information on self-help groups in specific areas of the country
can be obtained from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
Sources of Referral to Professional Help for Panic Disorder
Here are the types of people and places that will make a referral to,
or provide, diagnostic and treatment services for a person with symptoms
resembling those described in this brochure. Also check the Yellow Pages
under "mental health," "health," "anxiety,"
"suicide prevention," "hospitals," "physicians,"
"psychiatrists," "psychologists," or "social
workers" for phone numbers and addresses.
- Family doctors
- Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists,
social workers, or mental health counselors
- Health maintenance organizations
- Community mental health centers
- Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
- University- or medical school-affiliated programs and clinics
- State hospital outpatient clinics
- Family service/social agencies
- Private clinics and facilities
- Employee assistance programs
- Local medical, psychiatric, or psychological societies
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