Online Support for Panic Disorder

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It is now commonplace to use the Internet for many different purposes. From paying your bills, to finding a date, and everything in between, there isn’t much you can’t go online for anymore. People with mental health conditions can also use the internet to build support.

Did you know that many panic disorder sufferers turn to internet sources as a way to conveniently connect with resources that may help in coping with this condition? You may be surprised to find the plethora of information and support that is online. Read ahead to discover how you can use the internet to find support for panic disorder.

Online Counseling

Traditional counseling involves meeting with a therapist on a regular basis to discuss current symptoms and progress. In session, you are expected to talk about your struggles, emotional issues, and triumphs over panic disorder.

Between sessions, your therapist may ask you to complete homework assignments such as practicing relaxation techniques or journal writing. Each meeting you’ll discuss how you have improved, along with plans to tackle barriers to your mental health.

In recent years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, internet counseling has grown in popularity as a means to gain the benefits of counseling while having the convenience of staying at home. Through this format, you may be able to live chat or even video conference with a professional therapist. Assignments can be discussed through emails and you can receive quality care in the comfort of your home.

Aside from convenience, online counseling may make it easier for some to reach out for therapy. There are also cons of internet counseling. For example, it may be more difficult to grow rapport through this format, which is important for therapy to be successful. Additionally, many insurance companies will not cover these services. There is still some debate about how secure your sessions are when conducted online.

Internet Support Groups

As an additional resource, there are some online support groups or forums that can help you in sharing with others who are also dealing with an anxiety disorder. The National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) offers online discussion groups where you can learn more about your condition while developing relationships with others who may share your experiences.

You may also be able to find Facebook groups in which members can post updates, share resources, and offer each other support. Many times these groups are private, but you may be able to join simply by putting in a request.

Aside from participating in online groups and forums, you can also use the internet to find local in-person support groups. Websites such as NAMI and The Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) both have online directories that can assist you in finding these groups in your areas.

Listed on these sites may be more general support groups, like groups for those diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Other groups may be more specific, such as for loved ones of those with mental illness, assertiveness training, or grief.

Websites With Resources

Aside from support of others, there are also many reliable websites that can provide you with important information on panic disorder. Verywell offers a lot of valuable information on panic disorder symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Many other websites also provide information on the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, along with facts on treatment options.

Online Directories

Websites and online support cannot replace the value of in-person help. If you or someone you love is trying to cope with ​panic disorder, it is important to seek professional help.

Through online directories such as Psychology Today or, you can search for licensed and trained therapists in your area. You can even filter your search to include only those professionals who specialize in anxiety disorders, carry your insurance, and even gender of the provider.

By Katharina Star, PhD
Katharina Star, PhD, is an expert on anxiety and panic disorder. Dr. Star is a professional counselor, and she is trained in creative art therapies and mindfulness.