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"It was only when I began my proactive work with Dr. April that I felt a true understanding and dissolve of circulating fears. The tools he teaches assisted me and continue to -- I felt a difference quickly."

-Nicole
Marketing Executive, Los Angeles

Is Exercise Good For OCD?

The question, "Is exercise good for OCD?" is one I hear often.


Let's start with the first piece:


"Is exercise good?".  We know the answer to that.  Of course it is!  Exercise is great for your physical and mental health, for many reasons.


As for anxiety, exercise can reduce "stress".  And stress can increase or trigger anxiety.  So, exercise can indirectly reduce some general anxiety.


However, exercise cannot and will not decrease obsessions or compulsions.  These symptoms of OCD require specific CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) strategies to overcome them.


The neurobiological causes of OCD notwithstanding, it makes logical sense that exercise cannot reduce these symptoms of OCD.  Simply put, exercise (this includes yoga too) cannot resolve obsessions or specific fears related to obsessive thought.  For that matter, exercise (again, this includes yoga too) cannot resolve panic attacks or phobias either.


The only successful method for decreasing fear and overcoming it is to face it.  Regarding CBT for obsessions and compulsions, the work is done gradually.  Small steps build confidence while helping the brain adapt to fear.


All of the above is not meant to say that exercise will be of no benefit to those with OCD.   Consistent exercise can be empowering for the fear-facing journey ahead.  And as stated, it can reduce stress, which when left unchecked, can increase OCD symptoms.


So, by all means, get some exercise!   But if you struggle with OCD, panic attacks or panic disorder and phobias, don't waste your time hoping exercise will resolve your symptoms.

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My anxiety struggles were not greatly helped by passive, listening therapy. It was only when I began my proactive work with Dr. April that I felt a true understanding and dissolve of circulating fears. The tools he teaches assisted me and continue to -- I felt a difference quickly. Take his hand and face your fears.

-Nicole, Marketing Executive, Los Angeles

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

I’ve suffered with different anxiety symptoms since a young age; panic attacks in certain situations, excessive worry and generalized anxiety caused by stress. I have been to many different therapists; however, Dr. April and his techniques has been the only method that has truly improved my anxiety.
 
When I first called Dr. April last May, I had excessive worry/obsession about losing loved ones as well as driving anxiety. After focusing on the issues and using “exposure therapy”, I set upon a difficult, yet very rewarding journey. After various assignments of exposure, my excessive worry is virtually gone. As I continue to work on my driving anxiety, the exposure exercises I have done thus far have immensely reduced the feelings of panic I feel when I am driving and I know that if I am persistent and follow Dr. April’s lead, I will be able to kick this fear too!
 
Dr. April offers the type of help unlike any professional I’ve been to. He has a very diverse and expertise knowledge and understanding of anxiety and is aware of all the successful methods to help reduce it. He really takes the time to focus on your individual needs and sets attainable goals that move you in the direction to reach your ultimate goal.  His compassion and encouragement can help even the most timid of people gain confidence to face their fears and begin their journey to change!

- Crystal, 25 years old, Property Management

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