There is more than one good anxiety treatment out there - I have outlined some of them here but as always I urge you to see a doctor if you haven't already if you think you might be suffering from anxiety or panic attacks.
By knowing what is going on - the people around you are able to support and in some ways protect you, maybe by taking over some of the tasks that causes fear.
If you have a spouse, relative or friend suffering from anxiety, you can do a lot for that person by "being there", helping out in their daily life a bit and making sure he or she does not develop any new conditions (like drug abuse or depression).
Another good anxiety treatment if you are together is couples therapy or simply following your friend to the appointments.
A great deal of anxiety is caused by our brain. Anxiety is the state of over-readiness from an irrational fear. The fear is created by us so therapy is a very helpful treatment.
Most medicine use as anxiety treatment is antidepressant or tranquilizing drugs such as Valium, Anafranil, benzodiazepines or Cipramil.
There are various effects and side effects from the drugs - and there are a lot of them!
There are even several categories of medicines so it is easy to understand why we so often hear stories of patients having tried hundreds of different medical treatments and still has not found the right one.
...While often followed by counseling and/or medical treatment a hospitalization can in itself be an anxiety reliever: It takes the person away from everything in their daily lives and so hopefully also their anxieties and fears.
As a general reminder I would like to say that we all have fears in our lives - there is no reason they should become anxieties however. If you have anxieties don't lose hope!!