Mental Health

Can Websites Help You Manage Anxiety and Panic?

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Maybe sometimes you get so scared you think you're going to die. Or maybe your head jitters with anxiety, or wondering whether life is worth living makes it hard to get out of bed.

What do you do? Steps taken by people with panic, anxiety, and/or depression include psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, SSRIs, benzodiazepenes, exercise, meditation, and biofeedback -- and that's just the start of the list.

But do any of them actually work?

Typically, at PANIC!, we've addressed questions of treatment efficacy via discussion of information from "official" sources -- published research studies, for instance.

Sites like CureTogether and patientslikeme offer a new and exciting source of information about what ails you, from the type and severity of the symptoms that others report, to the popularity and perceived efficacy and side effects of a wide range of treatments.

By submitting information about yourself (anonymously), you can help strengthen the database of knowledge about health problems -- and maybe learn about a treatment that could work for you.

If nothing else, these sites remind us that we're not alone. (On one of the sites, I actually found an example of someone who's also panicked while meditating!)