"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 OCD 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
Call The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management
for OCD Treatment Los Angeles
Main Office Phone: 310 - 429 - 1024
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Help, Therapy and Treatment:
The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles is one of the top OCD treatment centers in the country. Our special CBT treatment for OCD has incredibly high success rates for those suffering with 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 Owner/Director of our OCD and anxiety treatment center. 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've Designed Our OCD Treatment Los Angeles Program 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
OCD Treatment Los Angeles at
The April Center For Anxiety Attack Management:
- Individual therapy sessions
- Phone Therapy sessions
- Online Therapy Sessions
(for those who can't visit the office or are outside of the area when appropriate)
- OCD Support Groups
We provide our OCD treatment Los Angeles program in the form of CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) with individual therapy sessions:
This unique and special ocd la treatment program provides proven help 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 clients at their own pace, meaning that we encourage them to face anxiety step by step, while they simultaneously build confidence.
Frequently asked questions about OCD treatment Los Angeles 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.) Which is the best therapy for someone with 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 help with your OCD treatment Los Angeles?
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 (Pure O OCD test):
- 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.
- Frequent fear and worry about the status of one's romantic relationship or whether their feelings of attraction or interest are strong enough. Obsessions can also apply to irrational concerns over fathfulness of a partner. This type is called Relationship OCD or ROCD.
- 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 our OCD treatment Los Angeles center, we provide help for Pure O OCD in the form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the only proven therapy. 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 also offers phone therapy for Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O) within our OCD treatment los angeles program 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.
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 in our OCD treatment Los Angeles program assist patients in 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.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
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 adapt to fears that pose no threat to them or those around them. The practices of ERP are put in place during OCD treatment sessions, but should also be maintained outside of OCD therapy for effective impact in one's life.
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. We encourage patients to go at their own pace and don't push anyone harder than they're ready to move.
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.