There are various conditions that have obsessive-compulsive qualities that are quite similar to OCD . These disorders are frequently described as Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, and are treated primarily with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Likewise, certain anxiety disorders have features similar to OCD, and also respond well to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Below are some of the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders and anxiety disorders that we treat at the OCD Center of Los Angeles:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Intrusive, unwanted, anxiety provoking thoughts, and ritualized, repetitive behaviors done in an effort to reduce or eliminate the anxiety related to those thoughts. To learn more about OCD and its treatment, click here.
Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O): A form of OCD in which clients report experiencing disturbing, unwanted obsessions without observable behavioral compulsions (though less obvious compulsions are almost always present). To learn more about Pure O and its treatment, click here.
Perinatal / Postpartum OCD: OCD in women which either starts or is exacerbated during the period of time from approximately 4-5 months prior to giving birth through the first 2-3 months after giving birth. To learn more about Perinatal / Postpartum OCD and its treatment, click here.
Childhood and Adolescent OCD : The obsessive, irrational fear of having a serious disease or medical condition. To learn more about Childhood OCD and its treatment, click here.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): The obsessive, irrational preoccupation with a defect in one's physical appearance. To learn more about BDD and its treatment, click here.
Hypochondria / Health Anxiety : The obsessive, irrational fear of having a serious disease or medical condition. To learn more about Health Anxiety and its treatment, click here.
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder): The recurrent, compulsive pulling out of one's own hair, resulting in observable hair loss. To learn more about Trichotillomania and its treatment, click here.
Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder): The repetitive picking at one's own skin, to the extent that it causes damage. To learn more about Dermatillomania and its treatment, click here.
Panic Disorder: A history of panic attacks, followed by a persistent, intense fear of having additional panic attacks. To learn more about Panic Disorder and its treatment, click here.
Phobia: The recurrent, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. To learn more about Phobias and their treatment, click here.
Social Anxiety / Social Phobia: The excessive fear of negative evaluation, especially in social or performance situations. To learn more about Social Anxiety and its treatment, click here.
Olfactory Reference Syndrome (ORS): The obsessive, irrational fear that one's body is emitting a foul and unpleasant odor. To learn more about ORS and its treatment, click here.
Research has found that the most effective treatments for OCD and these related conditions are specific types of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The primary CBT techniques used in treating these disorders are Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure, Interoceptive Exposure, Cognitive Restructuring, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Habit Reversal Training (HRT). For more information on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of OCD and these related conditions, click here.
In addition to individual therapy, the OCD Center of Los Angeles also offers five low fee therapy/support groups for adults with OCD and these related conditions. All of our weekly therapy / support groups are led by our staff therapists, and use the same treatment protocol as our individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy program. For more information on these groups, click here.
We also offer webcam based online therapy and telephone therapy to clients throughout California, as well as residents of most other countries. Telephone and online therapy are ideally suited for clients who have limitations that restrict their ability travel, and for individuals unable to find find qualified treatment near to their home. If you would like to learn more about our telephone and online therapy program for OCD and related anxiety disorders, please click here.
The OCD Center also offers intensive treatment for individuals with OCD and related anxiety based conditions. Our intensive treatment program is ideal for individuals from other states or countries without access to specialized OCD and anxiety treatment providers, and for clients who require a more intensive treatment approach than standard otpatient therapy. To learn more about intensive outpatient treatment for OCD and related anxiety based conditions, click here.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, and would like to discuss therapy options for the treatment of OCD or an OC Spectrum Disorder at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, you can call us at (310) 824-5200, or click here to email us.