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Friday, January 1, 2010

Anxiety Treatment Sends Panic Attacks "Bye Bye"?

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

Anxiety treatment can send panic attacks "bye bye" when CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) is what is being provided.

CBT is the only scientifically proven form of anxiety treatment and yet, there are so many ineffectual treatments that are offered. It is often disheartening to hear those who come to my center for help with stories of having tried different strategies in the past that have not led to any anxiety relief.


The common tearful experience for many is that they have wasted years with other help before finally finding the correct anxiety treatment in CBT. It is a sad reality that there are people that do a disservice to those in need by touting strategies that don't work - strategies based on opinion and false logic.


Anxiety sufferers need what works. It is a simple fact that CBT is the only empirically proven form of anxiety treatment. Unfortunately, there are many who are unaware of this - even plenty of therapists who offer traditional talk therapy (completely ineffectual) to treat anxiety, OCD, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and phobias.

For those suffering with panic attacks, the greater concern is that this struggle can quickly develop into Panic Disorder thereby shutting down one's life.  The great news is that there is treatment that works! No one has to suffer with panic attacks or panic disorder or phobias, anxiety attacks and OCD symptoms unless they so choose.

So, for those suffering, be comforted in the fact that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you say bye bye" to panic attacks and the other anxiety syndromes.

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All the best,


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Does Anxiety and OCD Make You More Sensitive?

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

Most people who struggle with an anxiety disorder or OCD tend to be more sensitive than the rest. This is not a negative perspective nor does it have anything to do with weakness.


As I see often at The April Center, it can be explained by a neurobiological sensitivity. For example, most with an anxiety disorder or OCD tend to have more sensitive systems. This seems to create a variety of experiences, such as frequently having little aches, pains or ailments, vulnerability to medication's side effects, struggles with certain sounds, noise and environmental over-stimulation, and excessive observation of bodily sensations.

This sensitivity can also effect the emotional side of experience. For example, individuals with an anxiety disorder or OCD tend to be more sensitive to their emotions, meaning that they sometimes seem to feel both joy and pain more intensely.

Being "sensitive" seems to come with society's strong negative connotation. And yet, this sensitivity offers the possibility of increased self-awareness enabling one to engage in self-care more easily. Being "sensitive" can also offer meaningful experiences in life. Plus, sensitive people can often detect other's feelings more easily, which can deepen the quality of relationships as they connect.

Part of the focus during effective OCD or anxiety treatment, called CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), is on addressing how neurobiological sensitivity impacts one's thoughts and then feelings. For example, a common struggle (not often mentioned in other literature) for those with OCD can be certain sounds, like someone's chewing or breathing. These can often send one with OCD "through the roof" of frustration and irritation. It is easy to personalize these experiences and get angry at the "noisy" perpetrator when awareness of this sensitivity is lacking. With this awareness can come greater self control - a first step in reducing anxiety-based conflicts in relationships.

So, if you struggle with anxiety or OCD and feel you're more sensitive than most, don't be ashamed or self-critical. Awareness and Acceptance of this neurobiological sensitivity can go a long way.

All the best,


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