Complementary Therapy of Pranic Healing in Managing Moderate Panic Disorder with Mild Agoraphobia during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Report
Dr. Srikanth N Jois,
Research Head, Department of Research and Development, World Pranic Healing Foundation India, Research Centre, Mysuru, Karnataka, India.
Panic disorder refers to recurrent unexpected panic attacks, including symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain or discomfort, a feeling of unreality, fear of losing control, and fear of dying which could last for few minutes. Here, authors presents a case of 71-year-old male during Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) lockdown experienced moderately distressing panic attack symptoms and feared going out by himself, due to the worry of future attacks. These symptoms made significant interference with social activities. The subject was under homeopathic medication and later referred to take Pranic Healing as an add-on therapy. Panic disorder severity (panic disorder severity scale-self report) and severity of agoraphobia (severity measure for agoraphobia-adult) were measured at day 0, day 60 and day 240. Moderate panic disorder (raw score was 12) with mild agoraphobia (raw score was 10) was reduced after 14 pranic healing sessions given in two months duration. No symptoms of agoraphobia or panic disorder were found after six months follow-up. Pranic healing along with homeopathic treatment were found effective in reducing moderate panic disorder with mild agoraphobia. Psychological therapies, combined with medication can be used as gold standards in treating panic disorder.