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Treating Anxiety and OCD disorders

At one time considered rare, obsessive-compulsive disorder is now recognized as relatively common, exceeding the lifetime prevalence of more visible disorders.

An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year. 

Consequently, many mental health clinicians can expect to see patients with these symptoms in their practices. Despite OCD’s earlier reputation as a disorder highly resistant to treatment, a number of effective treatment approaches now exist for obsessive-compulsive disorde

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Exposures for specific subtypes

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How to do scripting and flooding

SPACE

SPACE stands for Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions and is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.

SPACE was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center and has been tested and found to be efficacious in randomized controlled clinical trials.

Books

Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia

Americans struggle with anxiety. Among the disorder’s most common forms is social phobia, a persistent fear of scrutiny and evaluation by others. Social phobia cripples the lives of some 15 to 20 percent of the US population. This distressing social anxiety includes the fear of public speaking (stage fright), performing in social and creative situations (test anxiety, writers’ block), eating in restaurants, and dating. If you suffer from the symptoms of social anxiety disorder, this book offers clinically proven strategies to overcome them and start living a life of confidence.

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Videos

Reid Wilson's Video Series On YouTube

Susan doesn’t go anywhere without Anxiety. Like it or not, he’s always around. In “The Noise in Your Head,” we follow Susan as she applies the principles of the book Stopping the Noise in Your Head to her everyday life. Trailing her from yoga class to a blind date to the window seat of an airplane, we watch as she engages Anxiety in a competition to win her life back and ultimately quiets the noise in her head. Watch the series here.

Audio

Today I Learned That Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue And It Has Ruined My Day.

People just have different definitions of their thoughts.  Some people an internal monologue in their head and they could hear their own voices speaking in full sentences. Some have abstract, non-verbal thoughts and have to consciously verbalize them. 

Other Resources

Proprioceptive Exposure Worksheet

The interoceptive exposure exercises on the next page are intended to help you learn more about your symptoms of panic. They are not dangerous, but they do tend to induce moderate feelings of discomfort. It is natural to want to avoid symptoms we find uncomfortable because avoiding leads to a sense of relief in the short term, but in the long run avoidance means that we continue to suffer. Overcoming your panic is likely to involve doing these exercises a number of times.

10 Hollywood and Bollywood Movies on Mental Health That Will Heal Your Pain

Mental health is one such issue which has been explored in artistic format and presented before the audience.  These movies chart out the critical aspects of being sad and down beautifully, but at the same time do not go down the technical and serious route which bogs down everyone.

Tools

How safe is flying?

Infographic on the safety of commercial flight.
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Sleep Facts: 61 Interesting Facts About Sleep

This is an interesting sleep infographic.
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Prolonged Exposure therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy

Anxiety due to trauma/ PTSD – this page has an overview and explains the 2 kinds of evidence based treatments available
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Dr. Joseph Himle "Social Anxiety: A Hidden Disorder"

Overview of treatment with exposures for social anxiety. A definition and discussion of therapies.
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Obsessive Compulsive Inventory

Self-report measure that assesses obsessive compulsive symptoms
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International Resources

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