n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Treatment of panic disorder in the real world : main topic




Panic disorder is a common condition. <br>Panic disorder is often accompanied by agoraphobia, where patients will avoid situations where help is not readily available or from which it may be difficult to escape. <br>Panic disorder often co-exists with major depressive disorder. <br>Medical disorders which may mimic panic attacks should be ruled out before a final diagnosis is made. <br>Treatment consists of a combination of medication and psychotherapy SSRIs are the first line of pharmacological treatment. <br>The most important principle in the pharmacological treatment of panic disorder is: 'Start low, go slow, end high'. <br>Patients should be treated until they are symptom-free for at least a year. <br>Psychoeducation forms an integral part of the treatment of panic disorder.


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