Treatments for panic disorders

Breaking down fears, one step at a time

Anxiety can be so distressing that it prevents you from achieving your goals in life, it can render you paralysed in moving forward with your goals. Our anxiety and mood disorder programmes are designed to give you a holistic approach to tackling anxiety and depression; including panic disorder.

Depending on the severity of your panic disorder we will recommend an personal programme of treatment, which may include individual therapy, group therapy, medication or a combination. Each programme will support you at every stage however anxious you may be about starting treatment. We will go at your pace but encourage you to take each step one at a time but consistently and progressively.

At Schoen Clinic we provide a very comprehensive and holistic range of interventions and support. This means we are able to respond to your needs in an diverse, way to optimise your recovery, which will be different for each patient. Everyone will have a highly personalised treatment programme.

Our treatments for panic disorders

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Medication

Group therapy

For some people their panic disorder is their presenting problem but beneath it lies a more entrenched issue that influences how you see yourself and others. In group sessions you can learn how these influence and causative perceptions reinforce the Panic disorder and worsens your health and wellbeing.

Working in groups also benefits people because they are surrounded by people who can relate to them and share how they feel, as well as what works and what does not.

The programme is reviewed regularly by the patient’s multidisciplinary team, encompassing the different professionals involved in their care. The team consists of consultant psychiatrists, psychotherapists/psychologists, family therapists and occupational therapists. They are at the centre of our approach, ensuring all the progress made across the programme is understood, built upon and applied. Our model provides consistency and continuity.

Individual therapy

Brief and focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the usual treatment modality used for panic disorder. It helps you recognise the thoughts, feelings and symptoms you are experiencing; the way they interact with each other and how you can reverse the pattern of anxiety and panic. However, for some people they may require additional medication and or psychodynamic therapies. We will match you with the most suitable therapists for your needs. Because we work as a multidisciplinary team, we are able to provide you with a full treatment package.


The use of anxiolytics in the treatment of panic disorders requires careful monitoring and regulation. Too much can cause over sedation and too little can make the patient feel like nothing helps alongside the possible side effects. It is recommended that a specialist consultant psychiatrist prescribes and monitors medication to help you with your panic disorder as these medications can be addictive and cause problems in creating dependency without dealing with the underlying causes of the panic disorder. There are also non-sedating medications that can help, your doctor can tell you about the effects and side effects. Prescribed correctly, they can be useful in the short term to help you break the cycle of anxiety and depression symptoms you experience.