Internet-based treatments for sufferers
of panic disorder may be just as effective as face-to-face methods, a study
by Monash University researchers has found.
Panic attacks can involve a sudden rush of fear or intense anxiety and physical symptoms such as racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, light-headedness or nausea. When these attacks happen unexpectedly, the person has what is known as panic disorder.
The study compared the effectiveness
of three types of treatment – internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy
sessions, face-to-face sessions, and the use of medication (Selective Serotonin
Reuptake Inhibitor) monitored by a psychiatrist.
Preliminary results, based on more than two years of research, showed that internet therapy was comparable with face-to-face treatment in reducing disturbing thoughts and improving stress and anxiety.
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