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Friday, December 4, 2009

Take the Disorder out of OCD, Panic Disorder and Anxiety

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

Take the Disorder out of OCD, Panic Disorder and Anxiety.

Yes, your anxiety most likely has genetic and/or neurobiological roots. For example, many people that I treat at my center tend to be more prone to anxiety based on their wiring than others. This propensity is generally based on the above factors. Coming to terms with this is an important part of anxiety reduction.

And yes, in order to diagnose and categorize anxiety symptoms, the medical and psychological fields long ago addressed this by labeling each host of symptoms with the term Disorder based on how they interfere with one's life and other factors.

And yes, the labels can be helpful because awareness of one's particular "anxiety disorder" allows them to receive proper anxiety treatment and to depersonalize symptoms.

But, if you suffer with anxiety, once you are obtaining the proper anxiety therapy or counseling with CBT, you have got to accept that anxiety is about fear. Don't dismiss the reality of your neurobiology and genetics. But, once clear, you've got to face fear if you want to make progress.

You must look your fear in the eye and accept that this is what's holding you back.

When we focus too much on "Anxiety Disorder" (as many of us doctors and therapists tend to do) it can cloud the main issue. Not to mention, make you feel like you're just a label.

You're more than an anxiety disorder, no matter if you're suffering with panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions or some other anxiety issue.

With the specific tools and techniques of specialized anxiety therapy (CBT) you can overcome fear. And it just might be the most important, meaningful experience of your life. Facing fear empowers us, enlightens us and inspires us.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Dr. Craig April on A&E TV series OBSESSED Treating OCD and Anxiety Disorders

Take a look at a clip of Dr. Craig April as a featured anxiety treatment expert on the A&E TV series OBSESSED

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The TV series OBSESSED shares real stories of struggle and courage featuring individuals plagued by OCD and other anxiety disorders. The main treatment strategy utilized is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT - the only anxiety treatment strategy empirically proven to be effective.

At The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles, Dr. April offers individual, group and family therapy with anxiety treatment plans uniquely designed to make progress as quickly as possible. Dr. April helps anxiety sufferers daily and says, “It’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone can learn how to face what scares them”.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Red Carpet Phobia Strikes Famous Singer With Anxiety Over Fashion

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

"Red Carpet" phobia plagues famous singer Norah Jones?

Apparently she has attended only one big celebratory event since her debut in 2002 due to a fear of being labeled a "fashion victim" by the press. It seems her underlying fear is one of being criticized and judged based on the clothing she chooses to wear. This is a common area of anxiety for those struggling with social phobia, but also can exist as a separate, distinct phobia.

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Clearly avoiding these events has not helped her overcome this "phobia". And this is not a surprise.

Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. The more one avoids that which causes anxiety, the greater the chance that a true diagnosable phobia will develop (to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, symptoms must significantly interfere with one's life).

Of course, it is our human inclination to run from fear. But fear is what must be faced to overcome a phobia.

I found it interesting that the article states that Norah Jones is desperate to overcome this, but she is quoted saying that "Maybe I'll get over it soon".

Unfortunately, a phobia doesn't go away on its own. In fact, it grows the more you avoid it. What you resist, persists. But . . .

There is hope for Norah and anyone who has a phobia.

The hope lies in seeking proven treatment for phobia and all other anxiety disorders. This proven treatment is called cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT, which teaches specific skills and techniques for reducing anxiety symptoms and fear.

Hopefully, Norah Jones won't continue to avoid her fear, which is clearly limiting her freedom. All it takes is a first step and then gradual work with the help of an expert anxiety treatment therapist.

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