Anxiety disorders, which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), are the most common mental illness in the United States and affect 40 million adults. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, and yet only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
At Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI), we have a team of expert therapists who are specially trained in treating anxiety disorders, including a specialized Center for OCD that is dedicated to helping patients with this debilitating condition. All of our therapists are committed to working with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the population. Women are twice as likely as men to have anxiety. One in eight people have an anxiety disorder in any given year, and one in four people have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. 50% of those with anxiety disorder meet the criteria for another anxiety disorder. 75% of those with anxiety disorder meet criteria for another psychological disorder.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It is an illness that traps individuals in cycles of repetitive thoughts, actions, and behaviors. The anxiety component (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads an individual to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). These routines are performed in an attempt to prevent the thoughts or make them go away.
Doing things in routine may temporarily alleviate anxiety, but the individual will continue to perform the ritual several times when the obsessive thoughts return. This OCD cycle can become so severe that it begins taking up several new hours of the individual's day and significantly interfering with their day to day activities. Individuals with OCD are often aware that their obsessions and compulsions are senseless or unrealistic, but they are not able to stop them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively treat GAD. The cognitive component helps people identify and question the patterns of their thinking that can cause or trigger the feelings of anxiety.
CBT can also help those who suffer from GAD question the validity of negative and automatic thoughts. The behavioral component consists of exposure and desensitization and together with the therapists those with GAD built up exposure and tolerance to anxiety-provoking situations.
While most mental health diagnoses can be treated through various forms of therapy, research has demonstrated that exposure and response(ritual) prevention (EX-RP) is the best-known form of treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
OCD often encompasses both obsessions and compulsions. This type of therapy will repeatedly expose you to your obsession, and you will deny yourself the ritual compulsive act. This therapy is done both with your therapist and on your own time.
At Cognitive Behavior Institute, not only is our staff trained in EX-RP, but several CBI clinicians are currently pursuing certification in this method of treatment.
Yes. At Cognitive Behavior Institute, we’re passionate about making mental health care of the highest quality available to as many people as possible, and that’s why we’re proud to accept insurance from a number of providers across the Western PA area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have about your options.
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