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OCD and Related Disorders
Many Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders are common conditions in which an individual engages in compulsive or avoidance behaviors to neutralize anxious thoughts or images or obtain relief from urges. One feels they must engage in the same responses each time their anxiety arises.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder can dislike any part of their body; although, they often find fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. BDD often stops people from accepting themselves and embracing life to the fullest.
Welcoming a new baby effects parents in different ways. Parents can suffer Perinatal/Postpartum Depression around the time of the arrival of a baby, sudden onset of OCD symptoms occurs in both mothers and fathers. If the parent already had OCD symptoms, they may exacerbate around this time. Any theme of OCD can arise (harm, sexual, scrupulous, contamination, etc.), but often the focus of fear is on the new baby.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be displayed through Trichotillomania, also known as hair pulling. Trichotillomania is characterized by difficulty refraining from repetitive, conscious or unconscious, hair pulling that affects, and it affected by, psychological or other areas of functioning. The individual has difficulty refraining from hair-pulling, leading to significant hair loss.
Excoriation Disorder is characterized by a difficulty refraining from the urge to pick at one's own skin, pores, bumps, etc., often to the extent that the individual sustains damage. The individual has difficulty refraining from skin-picking, causing psychological distress or impairment in functioning. Skin picking often accompanies other psychological symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.
Anxiety Related Disorders
Individuals with Anxiety Disorders often experience a pervasive fear of specific stimuli in which the most common response is avoidance to prevent the distressing situation from occurring.
Characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something really bad is going to happen. Often, the individual will misinterpret bodily sensations as dangerous and may avoid situations in which they fear they will have another panic attack.
A disorder in which, an individual experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment. This may reflect in intense distress or frequent avoidance of participating in daily activities due to fears of separation from the individual and/or that something bad will happen to the other individual while away. Symptoms may also manifest physically with illness.
Characterized by avoidance of situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe. This condition entails persistent fear and/or avoidance of situations such as, transportation, crowds, open spaces, enclosed spaces, and/or being outside of the home independently. The avoidance is in response to disproportionate anxiety, aring no way to flee the situation or seek help if desired.
Generalized Anxiety is characterized by an excessive fear, or difficulty controlling worry over every day kinds of stressors such as, relationships, finances, work, school, etc. The individual may also have difficulty with concentration and making decisions. The psychological symptoms can reflect physical symptoms of restlessness, tension, sleep depravation, as well as headaches, irritability, sweating and being out of breath.
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The OCD & Anxiety Clinic a private, luxury mental health treatment resources in the greater Los Angeles
area, offering Joint Commission accredited care at a range of levels of care from Residential to Partial
Hospitalization (PHP), down to Intensive Outpatient (IOP).
Using an integrative and evidence-based approach, our therapy modalities rely extensively on clinical research and proven modalities to meet our clients’ underlying treatment needs. Among our highly-effective treatment tools, are cognitive-behavioral therapy and Exposure therapies—designed to meet and overcome your obstacles in a safe and therapeutic setting.
Shanda Curiel, PsyD brings extensive clinical experience to the OCD & Anxiety Clinic as well as a treatment philosophy based on the principles of evidence-based treatments. Dr. Curiel is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, as well as some Anxiety Disorders. Her professional training consists of certifications from IOCDF's Behavior Therapy Training Institute and UPENN's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, as well as conference attendance with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation. She has also received additional training for Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, and Excoriation Disorder. Dr. Curiel is a professional member of the IOCDF. She often gives presentations to medical and psychiatric professionals and members of the community to raise awareness about the etiology, symptoms, and maintenance of OCD.
OCD & Anxiety Clinic
1940 Century Park E
Los Angeles, CA 90067