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Hello,Lexapro is often used for anxiety with panic attacks. Many psychiatrists, if using SSRI's for depression with panic attacks use Zoloft and Paxcil. But these truly tend to be what the physician is used to and what he/she has been told from the drug rep. Often Welbutrin is used as an add on or Abilify. Another option are the newer SNRI's that work on both the Seratonin and Noepinephrine neurotansmitters like Effexor and Cymbalta. What has been found to be most effective is the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in conjunction with medication. In CBT, one is taught new ways of thinking and behaving and as a result, one's mood improves. anxiety and panic attacks decrease. In addition CBT is evidenced based as the most effective form of treating anxiety. See:
So speak to your psychiatrist about the SSRI's and SNRI's with add ons if necessary in conjunction with the use of CBT. I hope this information has been helpful and I wish you the best
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If you want a CBT certified therapist you can contact the National Asociation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapist at http://www.nacbt.org/ . Of the therapist does not have to be CBT certified, just oriented. So you can turn to your local community mental health center or university hospital and request a CBT oriented therapist. I am not a physician so I suggest that you speak with yours to delevelop a tapering plan-the slower the better so you do not experience seratonin withdrawal. If you are started on another med you will have to lower one as you build the other and that is why it has to be individualized. I wish you the best and hoped this helped as well as knowing with the right approach there is a good chance of feeling better.
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