Intentional use of Relaxation

Before we ease into relaxation mode, lets recap some basic anxiety information. When you feel anxious, it often means there is a perceived danger which leads to a  thought/feeling/behavior cycle known as the “3-Component Model”. Relaxation techniques are tools, not solutions Relaxation affects the feeling component (physical or emotional). Remember that relaxation is not a…

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Relaxation: Are you doing it wrong?

Just relax. It’s one of those mantras a lot of people with anxiety tell themselves, but is that always the best move? And does it work? If you experience anxiety, you likely perceive things as more dangerous (physically, emotionally, and/or mentally) than the average person. This causes your fight or flight system may “turn on”…

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Three Components Model of Anxiety

When you feel anxious it often means that there is a something in your environment that seems dangerous. That something (e.g., object, person, thought, or future event) is called a trigger. Triggers are connected to anxiety, but do not cause anxiety.  We know it is not causal because not everyone feels anxious when experiencing the…

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Worrying: Let it go, let it go…

I worry so much, I worry about my worrying. It sounds ironic, right? But for those who struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), this is likely a familiar sentiment. GAD is often marked by: • Worrying even when everything is going well • When one ‘crisis’ is over, another appears • Because of the worry,…

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Are you an Anxious Christian?

How often have others told you “If you truly believe that God is in control, then you don’t need to worry”? How many times have you re-read Matthew 6: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…”? And after these experiences how often do you feel like a failure by not living up…

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The 24th Annual OCD Conference

  Dr. Hsia will be speaking at the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation conference in San Francisco this July, 2017. He will be on a panel with several other distinguished clinicians and researchers, discussing how OCD treatments can and need to be adapted to better fit diverse populations. As Dr. Hsia has a significant background in…

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3 Things you Should Know About Panic Disorder

1.     You’re not actually going to pass out, have a heart attack or go crazy – it just feels that way. The hallmark of panic disorder is strong physical sensations that may feel like one is having a serious physical problem, such as a heart attack. Often, because of these sensations, people avoid places where…

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The Basics of School Refusal

Getting through school refusal

With the beginning of a new school year, the OC Anxiety Center has seen more children with school refusal come in through our doors. “School refusal” is a general term with a myriad of causes. Is it a fear of embarrassing oneself in front of others, a dislike of academics, a bully at school, or panic disorder? These are just a few possible causes for …

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