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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Panic Disorder
In addition to medical treatment, the following lifestyle changes may help you manage the symptoms of panic disorder:
Some people find that avoiding caffeine helps reduce panic attacks. Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some soft drinks.
For information on reducing your caffeine intake,
may exacerbate your feelings of
Talk to your doctor if you need help reducing your alcohol intake or quitting drinking entirely.
Avoid Drug Use
unless prescribed or approved by your doctor. If you think you are addicted to illegal drugs or
or nonprescription medications, ask your doctor for help overcoming dependence on these substances.
Get Plenty of Rest
Feeling well rested can help you to feel more relaxed.
For more information on getting a good night sleep,
Schedule Quiet Time for Yourself Each Day
Give yourself a little quiet time each day. This will help you release stress and feel more calm.
For more information on reducing stress,
National Institute of Mental Health
website. Available at:
Updated January 23, 2009. Accessed March 25, 2009.