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About Anxiety & OCD

If you or your child have experienced anxiety or OCD, you are aware of the debilitating effects it can have for you and for others in your life. What makes anxiety and OCD even more difficult is the very action we are instinctually driven to do (avoid feared stimuli), is what continues to increase the anxiety and OCD symptoms. This can leave a person feeling overwhelmed from attempting to control all possible outcomes in many different situations. Eventually, this may lead to feelings of hopelessness as one is futilely attempting to control many uncontrollable events and not seeing improvement in their symptoms and stress level.

 

If you have experienced this, you are not alone. There are 40 million adults in the United States that are struggling with anxiety disorders and anxiety disorders affect 31.9% of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. OCD affects 2.5 million adults (1.2% of the U.S. population). Despite there being known treatments that significantly decrease anxiety symptoms, only 43.2% of people that are suffering receive treatment.

 

Additionally, it is highly important that you receive the right treatment. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is considered the first-line treatment for OCD and research shows it is the most effective treatment, leading to improvements for about 80% of patients. Working with a therapist that is trained in ERP will help you and/or your child develop lifelong skills to manage anxiety and OCD symptoms!

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