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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Panic Disorder

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by Scholten A
 
In addition to medical treatment, the following lifestyle changes may help you manage the symptoms of panic disorder:
 

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol may exacerbate your feelings of anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you need help reducing your alcohol intake or quitting drinking entirely.
 

Avoid Drug Use

Avoid drug use unless prescribed or approved by your doctor. If you think you are addicted to illegal drugs or prescription or nonprescription medications, ask your doctor for help overcoming dependence on these substances.
 

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise has many benefits. Having a regular routine, even a simple one, will help reduce stress, manage anxiety, and improve your overall health. Try to get in 30 minutes of exercise per day most days of the week. This can be done with something as easy as walking. Consider adding two strength training sessions per week to help strengthen muscles and bones.
If you feel pressed for time, try using using regular exercise as your scheduled quiet time.
 

References


Answers to your questions about panic disorder. American Psychological Association website. Available at: http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/panic-disorder.aspx. Accessed November 27, 2013.


Anxiety disorders. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/panic-disorder.shtml. Accessed November 27, 2013.


Panic disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated February 28, 2013. Accessed November 27, 2013.

 

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