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Friday, December 11, 2009

Fear Of Driving: A Common Phobia?

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

Fear of driving is a more common phobia than some might think! Although it might be more prevalent in the big cities where there are a lot of highways and freeways (like my city Los Angeles), it can strike anyone from anywhere.

Here are some common ways in which a fear of driving develops:

- A panic attack that occurred while driving, then leads to a fear of having more panic attacks while driving, along with a quickly developing driving anxiety (this is called a panic-induced phobia)

- A traffic accident can lead to a driving phobia due to the nature of the trauma. A phobia can develop following a scary or threatening experience where one felt endangered.

- An experience in a car where one felt out of control or uncomfortable. Most who struggle with anxiety can have an underlying difficulty in dealing with uncertainty or lack of control.

So, if you have a fear of driving, know that you are not alone. And thankfully, it can be treated effectively with cognitive-behavioral therapy provided by an expert anxiety treatment therapist!

Stay tuned for my next post on symptoms that arise with a fear of driving.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Most Common OCD Obsessions Addressed in Anxiety Treatment

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

For the individual with OCD, obsesions can contain just about any subject matter. However, take a cross-section throughout this country and you'll find that no matter what ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status and/or history, there are common obsessions shared by most.

As a reminder, an obsession is an intrusive, recurring thought, image or impulse considered to be inappropriate and/or irrational while most likely causing some degree of suffering. Obsessions are not typical concerns over stress in relationships or career.

Here is a list of the 10 most common OCD obsessions addressed in anxiety treatment (not in any order):

- Concern with dirt, germs, contaminants, cleaning products, bodily waste

- Concern around contracting an illness

- Fear of saying or doing something wrong that will lead to punishment or harm

- Fear of impulsively harming another (stabbing someone, hitting someone with car)

- Violent or inappropriate images

- Inappropriate sexual thoughts

- Difficulty with certain sounds that are found irritating

-Doubts and concern over locks and items being turned off in home

- Superstitious thoughts

-Fears of being gay

This is in no way an exhaustive list, just a list of common obsessions seen frequently in anxiety treatment.

Of course, the mechanics of OCD are all the same, it is the content that can vary.

Thankfully for the OCD sufferer, there is anxiety relief to be found in CBT, the only empirically proven form of therapy to reduce obsessions.

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