Our expert says:
Beta blockers can calm down the PHYSICAL symptoms, but not the psychological component of the anxiety. Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, CBT, can be highly effective in treating this condition, and in giving you the power to control it yourself. I am highly sceptical of the treatment of such conditions entirely by medicines, though of course they can also be helpful if used in addition to CBT. CBT deals well with breaking all these unhelpful habits of thought, and the worrying and inaccurate assumptions you make about life, thus dealing with the range of phobic-type anxieties you also describe. As it can also help one to stop smoking, that could be built into that form of treatment.
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