"Do I have to take drugs to get rid of panic attacks?"
No you do not. Although some drugs can be useful in the short term if panic attacks are very frequent and severe they are not a long term answer.
Appropriate brief psychotherapy incorporating Cognitive approaches, relaxation techniques and ‘deconditioning’ is the most effective, as contained within our Panic Prevention Program.
This sort of therapy will enable you to stop your panic attacks and inoculate you against future attacks. The audio program may be enough for you, or you may need to see an appropriately trained professional near you.