The D’Amore Solution to OCD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders
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D’AMORE HEALTHCARE TREATS OCD/ANXIETY/PANIC DISORDERS
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety and panic disorders can cause those afflicted to feel powerless and overwhelmed. The root of OCD, anxiety and panic disorders is complicated. A successful solution is equally complex. The short-term answer is breathing, grounding and meditation. The long-term answer is a comprehensive psychiatric program which includes the former. D’Amore Healthcare ensures a soothing environment to dive into your goals. The skill building around mindfulness and self-regulation is immediately empowering.
D’Amore Healthcare takes your entire medical, social, work, trauma and provider history into consideration. Our courteous and expert staff address each facet of the diagnosis, through individual and group sessions, as well as a number of therapeutic modalities, in order to help you find relief and self-soothe. We are a nationally-recognized, licensed mental health facility that has helped individuals suffering from anxiety and panic disorders find a new road to mental wellness. Our personalized approach is designed to treat the patient as a whole, bringing joy and hope back to the lives of those suffering from
PARTNERING WITH D’AMORE MEANS RELIEF FROM UNWANTED OBSESSIONS, ANXIETY AND PANIC
OCD and anxiety can cause constant disruptions to a person’s everyday life, interfering with even the most mundane tasks. For sufferers of panic disorder, they can tell you panic attacks are absolutely terrifying. It is estimated that 11% of Americans suffer from one or more panic attacks yearly. Not being in control of your actions or being unable to function, move or breathe can lead to serious feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. Those who suffer from OCD, anxiety
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization and residential treatment of anxiety and panic disorder. We are a Joint Commission accredited facility located in the sunny, beach communities of Southern California.
We offer the following treatment modalities for those suffering from anxiety and panic disorder:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Positive Psychology and D’Amore’s Signature Positive Reinforcement Program, “Build Me Up”
Strategic Family Therapy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OCD, ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
Anyone who has had a panic attack can tell you that they are absolutely terrifying. It is estimated that 11% of Americans suffer from one or more panic attacks yearly. Furthermore, those who suffer from OCD, anxiety and panic disorders have a greatly increased suicide rate. There is also a strong correlation between panic or anxiety disorders with substance use disorder.
WHAT ARE ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS?
Anxiety disorders are a type of mental health disorder in which those afflicted suffer from intense, and often irrational feelings of fear. Anxiety disorders can include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, as well as phobias, such as a fear of spiders or the number 13. Panic disorder is a subset of anxiety disorder in which the individual is subject to recurring panic attacks.
Substance use, ranging from caffeine and alcohol to benzos and methamphetamine, can cause and exacerbate anxiety and panic disorders. Furthermore, withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing the use of these substances can also provoke or aggravate these conditions. Finally, in a survey conducted among people who had attempted suicide, 70% of those questioned had a history of anxiety disorders.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
Agitation and irritability
Avoiding social situations
Increased heart and breathing rates
WHAT IS OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)?
OCD is a mental health condition in which the afflicted feels an overwhelming urge to perform certain rituals (such as hand washing or checking the oven) or is plagued by constant thoughts, known as “obsessions.” These activities are often irrational and require more than an hour’s time per day, and usually occur to the detriment of the individual’s life. Hoarding, severe “germophobia,” and “skin-picking” are all examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OCD
Because obsessive-compulsive disorder has essentially two components, and because it can be hard to differentiate OCD from character traits such as perfectionism, the signs of OCD can be tricky. A person who has obsessive thoughts about being contaminated by germs, for example, may have a compulsion to wash their hands excessively. A sign, then, might be raw or cracked skin from over-washing. Similarly, a person who is obsessed with order might have a compulsion to organize their bookshelves in an intricate, detailed way (for example, chronologically with the spines facing the same way and a certain distance from the edge of the shelf.)
This is by no means a complete list, and due to the high comorbidity and suicides rates, medical attention to a suspected OCD, anxiety or panic disorder is highly recommended. If you or someone you love is suffering from OCD, anxiety or panic disorders, please don’t hesitate to call today.