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Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
There is no surgery to get rid of panic attacks. The only real surgery still used these days is a rare procedure done for the most severe cases of OCD. However, there are numerous other healing methods for panic attacks...

Panic attacks & anxiety can be related to a chemical imbalance, but this is probably oversimplifying a complicated syndrome. Panic is a form of anxiety. Anxiety can have at least 3 different components: 1) biological (imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain; or one way o looking at it is your sympathetic nervous system going into "fight or flight" mode too quickly because your "anxiety thermostat" is too sensitive), 2) psychological (stress, or "emotional baggage" from the past you need to deal with), and 3) environmental or social triggers.

The best approach to anxiety/panic is treating it holistically. You also want to think outside the box & try to be creative & troubleshoot.

Medications can be part of the solution (but don't have to be); if interested you should speak with a live doctor. I also highly recommend 1) psychotherapy with a live therapist to address social anxiety, and 2) learning some formal relaxation therapy.

The last 2 treatments I mentioned are proven by sophisticated studies using brain scans (CT, MRI, EEG, pet scans) to improve brain function.

Also, by formal relaxation therapy I mean yoga, meditation, or similar methods. Having relaxing hobbies is also important, but not quite the same as formal relaxation therapy.

And remember you can't separate emotional health from physical health, so exercise & nutrition are vital.

There are also several self-help books you can read which will help.
1) The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, 2) The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns; 3) The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by XXXXX XXXXX, 4) Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick by David Carbonell, & 5) Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by David H. Barlow and Michelle G. Craske.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more feedback. Good luck & take care.
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