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"After 6 months of suffering with panic attacks, I called Dr. April. After just three sessions, I was able to manage my feelings of panic."

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment Program For Obsessions and Compulsions - Los Angeles

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"Struggling with OCD obsessions is no picnic. Unfortunately, not many know how to treat it properly. They simply don't have the training, knowledge, experience or credentials. But be hopeful! Your symptoms are treatable! It's what we do. And your OCD therapy doesn't have to break the bank! We have many cost options to assist you. With a little work and steady progress, you won't have to relate to the above image anymore. So READ ON and SCROLL" - Dr. April

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Call The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management  

Main Office Phone: 310 - 429 - 1024

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Help, Therapy and Treatment: 

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles offers a special OCD treatment program with incredibly high success rates for those suffering with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and the hallmark symptoms of obsessions and compulsions.  Dr. Craig April, as seen on A&E's hit TV show "Obsessed", is one of the foremost anxiety and OCD doctors in the country and the Director of the program. We treat adults, teenagers and children. If you are having difficulty with OCD symptoms and are curious about our anxiety and OCD treatment options, please call us at (310) 429-1024 or click here to email us

 

*We Design Our OCD Treatment Program in Los Angeles To Fit Your Needs, Specific Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms and Budget. 

 

The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management 

is located in:

- Los Angeles (serving Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Culver City and the San Fernando Valley):   310-429-1024

 

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment at

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles:  

 

- Individual therapy sessions

- Phone Therapy sessions 

(for those who can't visit the office or are outside of the area when appropriate) 

or

- OCD Support Groups

 

 

We provide OCD treatment in the form of CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy):

This unique and special OCD treatment program provides proven treatment in the form of CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) while using the strategy of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), also known as "exposure therapy".  At The April Center, we create anxiety treatment plans for those struggling with OCD and anxiety that help one to gradually face their fears without turning to compulsive avoidance.  We assist others at their own pace, meaning that we will encourage others to face anxiety step by step while they simultaneously build confidence.  

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about OCD relief, therapy and help here at The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management:

1.)  What is OCD?

OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  It is a neurobiological syndrome that involves symptoms of obsessions, compulsions and anxiety with some variation in their nature, degree and severity.

 

2.)  What are Obsessions?

We frequently say we're "obsessed" with this or that in our daily conversations. However, what we really mean is that we are passionate about something or ruminating about something.

A true "obsession" is an intrusive, recurring thought, image or impulse considered to be inappropriate and/or irrational while most likely causing some degree of suffering. Obsessions are not typical concerns over stress in relationships or career.
 
They can manifest in many different ways, but some common obsessions are fear of germs or of being contaminated, fear of causing others harm (stabbing someone, hitting someone with your car) or of harm coming to oneself, inappropriate sexual thoughts (ex. incest), violent images, numbers, fears of being gay, etc..
Obsessions are the hallmark of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The other is compulsive behavior meant to undo a specific obsession or anxiety.
 
 

3.)  What are Compulsions?

Compulsions are the behavior that one engages in to reduce the anxiety often associated with an obsession.  These are avoidance behaviors.  Unfortunately, they become a huge barrier as they actually continue and maintain the anxiety, thereby making it worse and bound to continue over time.  These behaviors can interfere with daily life due to their time-consuming nature and disruption. Some examples include extreme handwashing, checking, counting, repeating certain phrases to oneself, and many other behaviors that involve avoiding certain stimuli that trigger the anxiety.  Although many compulsive behaviors are connected to an obsession, it is not a requirement.  In fact, there are times when a compulsion cannot be easily tied to a specific obsession.

Although compulsions are designed by an individual to reduce anxiety in the short run, they actually create and maintain more anxiety in the long run.
Reducing compulsive behavior is key in treating OCD.
 
 

4.)  What is the best form of treatment for OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety syndromes including panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, etc. require Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the most effective and only research-proven form of treatment for anxiety reduction.
So many people with OCD come to my center for treatment and share that they have had YEARS of prior psychodynamic therapy (often called "talk therapy") without any progress.
 
They are often amazed that sometimes within a few sessions of OCD treatment, they are seeing quick progress after years and years of suffering.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focused on the strategy of Exposure and Response Prevention has been the best form of OCD treatment for many years.
 
 

5.) How can The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles help?

The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles specializes in all anxiety disorders, including OCD and provides treatment with Cognitive-Behavioral methods focused on Exposure and Response Prevention – the key treatment for OCD.  We design a specific treatment plan to match your struggles so that you can break free from anxiety and get your life back!
 
 

6.)  How do I know if I have OCD?

If you struggle with unwanted thoughts that you sense are irrational, but can’t seem to stop thinking them, you might have OCD.  Also, if you engage in behaviors that you sense are irrational, but that reduce your anxiety in that moment, yet the anxiety continues to return, you might have OCD.  Give us a call to set up an initial consultation.  If the above descriptions resonate, then you may have OCD or some other anxiety struggle that requires attention.
 
 

7.)   Are there other forms of OCD?

Pure Obsessional Disorder (Pure O) is another common form of OCD.  This consists mainly of Obsessions without pronounced compulsions, though often times the sufferer practices mental rituals designed to cope with their anxiety inducing thoughts. See below for more on this form of OCD. 
 
There are also what are considered OC Spectrum Disorders.  These are different but related forms of OCD.  For example, Chronic Skin Picking is a form of OCD and one we also treat at The April Center.
 

8.)  When can OCD appear?

For those neurobiologically set up with OCD, many have not experienced symptoms that have interfered with their daily lives until experiencing a stressful life event. Examples of stressful events often seen to trigger symptoms include major illness, childbirth and parenting a newborn (often called "Postpartum OCD"), a trauma or an accident, etc..
 
With a major stressor, OCD can truly explode creating the perspective that it "came out of nowhere". However, generally speaking, the OCD was merely lying dormant, waiting for the right trigger. It can be truly jarring and disrupt life with intense suffering.
 
That said, there is no way to predict when OCD will be triggered for those predisposed.  Some have symptoms from childhood, while others do not have the majority of disruptive symptoms until later in life.
 
 
Therapy for OCD
 

PURE O THERAPY:

Many people with OCD actually struggle from another form, which is called “Pure Obsessional OCD”, also known as “Pure O” or “Pure OCD”. This simply suggests someone who struggles primarily with obsessions rather than observable compulsions. Compulsions that someone with pureo can and do engage in are of the mental variety. These include repeating certain phrases designed to stop the thought, practicing superstitious behaviors they believe will protect themselves, frequent reassurance seeking from loved ones and checking behaviors, especially when it comes to Harm OCD and Gay OCD.  

Obsessions are defined by intrusive, unwanted thoughts, impulses or mental images usually focused on harmful, violent, immoral or unethical, sexually inappropriate or sacrilegious content. Because these thoughts tend to be the very opposite of what an individual with Pure Obsessional OCD is interested in engaging in or taking action on, they can be very distressing and scary while creating a lot of suffering.

Symptoms of Pure O OCD Can Include:

- Obsessive thinking about automatic body processes like blinking, swallowing, breathing, other bodily sensations, digestion, etc..   This type can also be called somatic OCD or “sensorimotor OCD”.

- Repeated thoughts or mental images that one believes are blasphemous, Sacrilegious, Or a sin. This type can also be called religious OCD.

- Frequent and intrusive thoughts or images of physically attacking, hurting or killing your spouse, friend, child, parent or a stranger. This type is often called Harm Ocd.

- Obsessive worry that one has run over a pedestrian or will do so while driving their car. This has been called hit and run OCD ( check out my episode in the second season of “Obsessed” on A&E, where I treated a patient with this very issue.

-  More than frequent thoughts struggling with reality, what life means and or one’s place in the universe, the solar system, the planets.  This type is often called existential OCD.

- Constant worry that one might not be living an ethical, moral, value-based, or “right” enough life. This type is often called Scrupulosity.

- Repetitive concerns or fears that one might molest a child or is sexually attracted to children. This type is often called pedophile OCD.

- Repetitive worry that one might be gay, even though in reality they are not. This is often called Gay OCD or HOCD.

- Consistent fears of accidentally hurting people.

Individual Therapy for Pure O OCD:

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management offers individual therapy to adults, children and teenagers struggling with Pure O OCD. At out center, we provide treatment for Pure O OCD in the form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the only proven treatment.  A main strategy in this treatment, under the CBT heading, is Exposure Therapy (ERP). This strategy encourages a structured approach to facing one’s anxious, obsessive, intrusive thoughts gradually in order to overcome the anxiety that accompanies them.

Phone Therapy Sessions for Pure O OCD:

The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management also offers phone therapy for Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O) when deemed appropriate.  These phone sessions are available to those who are unable to meet in our office or can’t find specialized help for Pure O OCD in their area.

Please contact The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management, if interested in discussing options for individual therapy for PureO OCD.  We can be reached at: (310) 429-1024 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
 OCD Therapy
 
 
 
 
 Check out our popular blog posts on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and OCD Treatment :  

(*Just click on the separate blog titles to read each post!) 

Does Anxiety and OCD Make You More Sensitive? - Discusses the sensitive system of an OCD and anxiety disorder sufferer.

Common OCD and Anxiety Disorder Thinking Patterns Treated During CBT - Discusses some common ways of thinking that create and maintain OCD and anxiety symptoms.

The Most Common OCD Obsesions Addressed In Anxiety Treatment - Discusses the 10 most common OCD obsessions (these are just the most common.  There are many, many more, of course!).

Take The Disorder Out of OCD, Panic Disorder and Anxiety - Discusses the reality of neurobiological and genetic factors in anxiety and OCD, but addresses the importance of moving through fear to overcome.

OCD Treatment Boosted By Support Groups - The benefits of support groups for those who suffer with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and anxiety.

OCD Treatment: A Basic Screening Quiz - A link for anxiety sufferers wanting to gain more awareness of symptoms that are common in OCD.

Behavior Therapy Summarized - Describes behavior therapy as key in reducing anxiety

OCD Strikes Celebrities - A&E's TV show OBSESSED has increased public awareness of OCD and anxiety disorders.  This post shares info on celebrities that have recently shared their struggles with anxiety and OCD.

CBT: What Is It? - Discusses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - The only proven form of treatment for all anxiety disorders, such as OCD, Panic Disorder, phobias, Social Anxiety and more.

OCD IS Marked By Compulsions: But What Are They? - Discusses compulsions as one hallmark of OCD and shares some common forms for many who suffer.

Obsessions: They're Not What You May Think! - Find out what a real obsession is for those who suffer with OCD.

OCD Can Explode In Times Of Stress! - Shares one way OCD can be triggered.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder requires CBT - Discusses why CBT is the most effective and only proven form of treatment for OCD.

OCD and Anxiety Made Worse By Family Members? - Are those close to you unintentionally enabling your OCD or anxiety?

How Our Biology Makes OCD, Panic and Anxiety Reduction A Challenge - Discusses the biology of anxiety and OCD.

Is Exercise Good For OCD? - Discusses how exercise may and may not assist you in the management of OCD.

 

THERAPY FOR RELIGIOUS OCD (SCRUPULOSITY):

What is Religious OCD (scrupulosity)?

Individuals who have Religious OCD often maintain strict or extreme moral and religious standards. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that all people with Religious OCD define themselves as “religious”. 

Religious OCD, also known as Scrupulosity, is a form of OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that involves obsessions concerning moral and religious beliefs. People with this form of OCD are typically concerned about their thoughts and actions relating to religion or morals. Areas of concern for people suffering from religious obsessions can include their moral behaviors, thoughts of having committed a sin, sexual purity, blasphemy, the fear of death and going to hell. 

They often express continuous doubts and fear in their redemption, take severe measures which can include repetitive prayer for forgiveness, carrying out several religious rituals to ensure their soul is forgiven and frequently seeking assurance from their religious head and other, while avoiding what may lead them to sin or make them compromise morally. They generally tend to worry about their thoughts, rather than what they have done. 

Scrupulous behaviors differ from normal religious practice in that these behaviors are extreme and tend to focus only on one area of the religious practice, likely ignoring other aspects. The manner in which people with religious OCD practice their religion often conflicts with others of religious faith because their faith and commitment are characterized by their fears and anxiety.

Common Religious OCD Obsessions 

Religious scrupulosity OCD obsessions are frequent intrusive thoughts that trigger anxiety to a degree that they interfere with daily functions.

Religious obsessions include:

 - Fear of going to hell. Individuals suffering from religious Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often fear that he/she or their loved ones will go to hell if they don’t continually keep reconciling with God. 

 - Fear of committing sin or being dishonest. People suffering from this obsession are often overly concerned about their behavior fearing they may have acted sinfully in a way that offends God or that they engaged in actions that lacked integrity. They also have an excessive concentration on moral excellence fearing their acts may not coincide with their moral standards, thus taking extreme measures to ensure they don’t compromise.

 - Excessive concentration on religious perfection. Frequently being in doubt if one is praying enough, practicing their faith well, or fearing they have lost touch with God. They might fear that bad thoughts entering their mind during prayers will neutralize the effect of the prayer. 

- Fear of death. 

- Fear of past mistakes.

- Fear of committing blasphemy. Especially in a religious environment.

- Desire for Sexual Purity. They might fear having naughty thoughts in a religious environment. 

Common Religious OCD compulsions

OCD compulsions can be behavioral or psychological. These are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD practices with the aim of controlling their obsessions. People with OCD often rely on compulsions to prevent their thoughts or fears (obsessions) from which is a temporary approach that contributes to more suffering. These compulsions tend to be tiring, even exhausting, and can be time consuming, often interfering with vital daily activities. People with scrupulosity OCD tend to be overly principled or religious and fear allowing anything to jeopardize their standards and beliefs. Their compulsive behavior is used to escape obsessions and eliminate their fears. Unfortunately, this escape only serves to maintain their obsessions creating more anxiety symptoms.

Behavioral compulsions of scrupulosity sufferers

People who suffer from religious OCD thoughts often exhibit certain behaviors called compulsions.

Religious compulsions include:

- Constantly going for confession in the church. Often as a means of purging themselves of sins. 

- Repetitive reassurance seeking. Usually from a religious head, friends, and family. 

- Engaging in needless acts of self-sacrifice. 

- Avoiding situations and events in fear of making a mistake religious or morally.

- Constantly engaging in religious rituals that involve cleansing and purification. To give them the assurance that they are elevating their souls and reaching higher in the spiritual realm. 

- Excessive repetition of prayers or Bible reading. Includes fear they may have left something out of the prayer or reading. They also feel that some prayers must be continuously repeated for God to listen. 

- Frequent touching of religious items. As a means of religious ritual and comfort. 

The mental compulsions of persons with Religious OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

In addition to behavioral compulsions, it is very common for scrupulosity OCD sufferers to become victims of their own oppressive mental state. In this case, one might frequently cancel so-called bad words by replacing them with good words. They might excessively repeat prayers ensuring that they said them perfectly with the intent to prevent harm. They might repeatedly imagine sacred images. They might also repetitively utter spiritual or scriptural words silently.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT for OCD

CBT is a model of treatment for OCD that concentrates on building plans or strategies for handling negative thoughts, actions, and feelings. This scientifically proven approach focuses on reducing symptoms by teaching new lasting methods of dealing with thoughts in a healthy manner. Our CBT therapists assist OCD patients recognizing thoughts, actions, and feelings that are harmful, while helping them learn healthy ways of coping. 

CBT is effective in giving the patient the strength to understand that intrusive OCD thoughts have no power over them. When combined with ERP, therapy for OCD becomes effective in creating lasting treatment results. 

Religion on its own, when practiced in moderation, can be beneficial and add value to human life. But when those with religious obsessive compulsive disorder suffer due to their obsessions and compulsive rituals, to resolve their suffering they need therapy for OCD. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) as a treatment for Religious OCD

This is a cognitive behavioral treatment for patients with OCD focused on reducing anxiety symptoms. In this ERP method, the patient is voluntarily exposed repeatedly to what causes their fear without engaging in compulsions to avoid their fears. Being repeatedly exposed to one’s source of fear helps one to adjust and one’s brain to realize that those fears pose no threat to them or those around them. The practices of ERP are put in place during therapy but should also be maintained outside of therapy for effective impact in the life of those with OCD.

Different types of exposures are used in the therapy process. These include live exposures where the patient is confronted with live incidences to face and overcome. There is also imaginary exposure that is often approached through writing and reading experience, which can serve as an alternative when live exposures cannot be performed. In both cases, OCD therapists are involved, helping clients to engage in their fears and ensuring they are given the tools and resources to help them overcome these fears. 

 

Watch Dr. April successfully treat OCD with Exposure on A&E's TV show OBSESSED.  Click on the link below:

Dr. April treating OCD on A&E's hit TV show OBSESSED

 

Also, follow the link to take a look at transcribed national radio interviews with Doctor April, as featured guest, discussing OCD and Anxiety Disorders

 

The more you avoid fear-producing thoughts through repetitive rituals and behaviors, the more frequent and severe your symptoms can become. 

 

If you struggle with OCD, trust that your symptoms can be overcome with the proper help and treatment.

Call 310-429-1024 NOW to schedule your appointment today!

More Testimonials

Since working with Dr. April, my teenage son has experienced rapid change and has made great strides in self-confidence. Dr. April is gifted in his work and is an inspiration to those fortunate to connect with him. He is not only an excellent psychologist, but a mentor as well.

- Julia, Consultant, CoeurAlign Design

Thanks Dr. April for guiding me to become a stronger person. I'm so much happier! I think any client is lucky to have you, as I was! Thanks again for all you do to change people's lives!

- Sally, sales executive

I had suffered from intense, debilitating anxiety and severe panic attacks for 8 months before I contacted Dr. Craig April. I had seen several specialists, invested in books and recorded programs and even completed an outpatient program, yet I was still suffering. I thought I would never be "normal" again. It was not until I met Dr. April that I finally realized I could overcome my fears. He presented everything in a compassionate, straight forward and understandable new way that really made sense and put me in control. From the first contact I had with him I knew that there was something different. He took time to speak with me at length on our first phone conversation and gave me hope that I could be well again.

After only one session with him I felt better and learned powerful techniques to take care of myself. After the second session I was confident enough to take two trips back East and handle my anxiety with no problem. Before meeting with Dr. April I could barely leave the house. Today I consider myself recovered and not only am I "normal" again but I am better and stronger than I was before the anxiety disorder. I continue to recommend Dr. April to anyone that needs help with anxiety or panic and feels that there is no hope. There is.

- Marcy, married executive, Los Angeles

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