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 Design Our OCD Treatment Program in Los Angeles To Fit Your Needs, Specific Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms and Budget.
The April Center now offers -
Two office locations:
- Los Angeles (serving Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley): 310-429-1024
- The South Bay (serving Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Torrance and El Segundo): 310-429-1024
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment is available in the form of:
- Individual therapy sessions
- OCD Support Groups
- Scheduled Phone therapy sessions for those outside of the area when appropriate
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about OCD relief 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.
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.
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).
5.) How can The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles help?
6.) How do I know if I have OCD?
7.) Are there other forms of OCD?
8.) When can OCD appear?
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.
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.
Watch Dr. April successfully treat OCD with Exposure on A&E's TV show OBSESSED. Click on the link below:
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.