Changing “Cure" to “Under Control"
Those who seek alternative or natural cures (at least the people I’ve come to know) either really never had a true panic disorder or perhaps were depressed and through talk-therapy the depression slowly decreased and became manageable.
I would warn against true panic disorder sufferers to use alternative therapies as an end-all to cure their panic disorder; especially with noted authorities at the NIMH who agree that panic disorders can’t be cured, but rather managed or kept “under control."
For those sufferers who feel they have no avenue (due to cost of lack of healthcare) but to try the alternative therapies, even the NIMH offers a toll-free number that can guide panic disorder sufferers to either free or sliding scale payments based on income to receive mental health treatment. People can also seek help from their county mental health centers.
Unfortunately, I feel only when mental health disorders are no longer thought of “Crazy Aunt Alice in the Looney Bin," more will not seek treatment in fear of embarrassment.
So, can panic disorder be cured? Until the day comes when scientist can learn more about our most fantastic organ—the brain, I would say, they can’t be cured, but they can certainly be managed effectively.