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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Popular Comedian Shares Experience with OCD and Counseling

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Howie Mandel has long been known for his OCD, as well as his comedy. I've often seen him in the media sharing his struggles with OCD in an honest and humorous way.

Click on the link below to read a short article about his upcoming book:

I found it interesting that the process of writing the book encouraged him to confront his OCD. Confronting OCD and coming to terms with the nature of this syndrome is a vital step in reducing symptoms.

He also mentions that he has received counseling. I would imagine this was key in assisting him in reducing his symptoms.

OCD and anxiety sufferers take note! It certainly doesn't seem like he has allowed OCD symptoms to get in the way of his goals and work life.

I'm interested in reading his soon to be released book. I'll let you know what I think after taking a look.

Until then, you can use him as inspiration to confront your own OCD and anxiety with humor while seeking treatment.

Taking one's thoughts too seriously generally increases anxiety. Humor has been beneficial to many that I have treated at my center.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

A Side of Anxiety and Panic Attacks for Thanksgiving?

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Anxiety and Panic Attacks around Thanksgiving are a common phenomenon for many.

Why would this be?

Well, aside from the lovely aspects of Thanksgiving, there are also pressures that many can experience. I've come up with a short list of the . . .

"Top Anxiety-related Thanksgiving themes":

1.) Conflict with RELATIVES including parents, siblings, etc.

2.) Flying and other forms of travel

3.) Cooking

4.) Returning to locations with a lot of past memories

5.) Planning to visit only significant other's family

6.) Diet (or a soon lack thereof)

7.) Time off work

8.) Assigning a lot of value and meaning to the experience

How's that for a comprehensive list? If you can think of others, feel free to share.

One aspect of anxiety and panic attacks around Thanksgiving is related to a desire for a specific experience. For example, a need for everything to run smoothly, or for everyone to get along, or for others to enjoy the day, or needing the meal to be special, or simply a need to avoid having anxiety.

When we need to have a specific experience, we are attempting to control a situation that is more than likely not under our complete control. This can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.

This Thanksgiving, focus on being in the moment - Have the experience you're having. Catch yourself trapped in future-oriented thinking and refocus on the present.

And, of course, take solace in the fact that Thanksgiving will soon pass and fade in memory - no matter if it is a wonderful day or one you deem a horror.

But most importantly, consider this Thanksgiving a time to practice studying and dealing with your anxiety.

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