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Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
Medication is very helpful in coping with panic attacks when they interfere with daily living. Medication can reduce the symptoms but it cannot take the problem away, only make it manageable.
Therapy has been shown to be very effective with anxiety and panic attacks, especially Cognative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Integrated Therapy. Both work to help you change your thinking patterns and Integrated therapy also looks at the original causes of your anxiety and panic attacks.
To find a therapist, talk with your doctor. Or, if you attend church, speak with your pastor. They often have good resources to help you. If there is a local community mental health center you could also look there.
There are also many self help resources you can try. Here are some to get you started:
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by William J. Knaus
You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.
I hope this has helped you,Kate