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Freedom from Anxiety
If you or your child suffer from OCD or other anxiety disorders, you are not alone. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet most sufferers do not receive proper, evidence-based treatment. OCD and severe anxiety can cause many problems socially, academically or professionally, create chaos with family members, and add unnecessary stress to life.
Can Children Have OCD or an Anxiety Disorder?
Unlike popular belief, anxiety, rather than ADHD or autism, is the most commonly occurring mental health disorder in children and adolescents, affecting at least 1 in every 4 youths. Unfortunately when left untreated, anxiety symptoms span a chronic course into adulthood, with a low rate of full recovery. Therefore, early and proper anxiety treatment will give children and adolescents the tools to function as healthy young adults.
Train Your Brain to Defeat the Anxiety Monster
The good news is that there is effective help if you or your child is struggling with OCD or an anxiety disorder. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating OCD and anxiety. Brain scans conducted by leading researchers over the last decade have proven that by changing the way you think and behave, you’re actually creating new neuro-pathways in your brain. In essence, CBT is basically exercise for the brain. The more you flex those brain muscles, the stronger you become.
Treatment is Short-Term with Long-Term Benefits
Your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs and focuses on teaching you, your child, and family members the necessary tools to defeat OCD and anxiety. Many patients experience a 50% symptom reduction by the 8th anxiety treatment session, and the benefits are maintained at yearly follow-ups. With the support of Dr. Yip and our multi-disciplinary team of experts, you can begin to feel relief from your very first treatment session. Learn the proven tips, tools, and tactics to help you or your child overcome anxiety in any situation with lasting results.
What Patients Are Saying
Before when I didn’t go to Dr. Yip, my life was hard and there were hard times. I didn’t get to school early, because I would be nervous that I would throw up, or something bad would happen to my parents like getting in a car crash. I yelled every night, because I would be mad at my sister or my parents for messing up my rituals.
I had to do repetitive actions of something, or I would think something bad would happen if I didn’t do them. When my friends would call and ask me to go over, I would say “sorry, I have something to do,” because I would be scared something bad might happen like getting in a car crash in their car unless they lived on my block.
Now that I see Dr. Yip, everything is so much better. I can enjoy my life. I go to school on time every morning. I don’t yell every night. And my family loves having my old self back, because I didn’t always have OCD, which was at its worst in September 2006. I love going to my friends’ houses, and enjoy going places with them instead of doing OCD all the time.
My life is so much better now that I can control my OCD. I don’t live in fear all the time. I don’t have to worry about my parents all the time. And I don’t have to do rituals. I use to do rituals all the time except for when I was sleeping. I hated it. Now, everything is back to normal.Nick, 10-year-old
I don’t know how to thank you for all that you have done for our family. Nick is such a changed person. He is the young man he used to be years ago before he was gripped with OCD. In front of my eyes, he has transformed into a young man who can live a wonderful life.
When we came to you in January, Nick was unable to go to school, he was wearing the same clothes everyday, he couldn’t be alone, and he couldn’t go to his friend’s house or ride a bus. He was so angry, fearful, and consumed with rituals that every morning I would wake in dread and every night I would go to bed in tears. It was the most difficult time of my life. I am so thankful for the work you have done with him; he has conquered all of his fears and is now able to be a new person without anxiety and pain.
I look back on those days in amazement; for one, I can’t believe I survived them, and secondly, I can’t believe how far we have come. I know that his OCD journey will be a constant in his life, but I see that he is at a place where he can handle himself. Thanks so much for helping him with this. Without a doubt he could not have done this without you. You have rescued us.Mother of 10-year-old Nick
“We are so appreciative of your work with our daughter. When Sara first had severe temper tantrums, our pediatrician suggested that we seek the help of a therapist to learn how to keep her tantrums under control. However, after working with a child therapist for a while, Sara’s tantrums continued and even worsened. She began to have specific rules of how she had to walk, how daily activities had to be conducted, what clothes she could or couldn’t wear. Her behaviors became rituals that needed to be followed exactly. Sara also began demanding that the whole family followed the rituals, which was extremely difficult for us to bear. When any of her rules were “messed up,” she would crawl into a ball and start crying, kicking, and screaming as if the devil himself took over her body. It was painful to see our little girl in such agony. It’s now been 3 months since we began your program, and Sara is back to her carefree self. You helped us understand why Sara behaved the way she did. You gave us knowledge of the difference between those behaviors that were OCD-related and those that were purely tantrum-related. Most importantly, you encouraged Sara to believe that she can beat the “OCD booboo,” and gave her the tools she’ll need to battle OCD for the years ahead. We’d be lost without your skillfulness and compassionate heart. Thank you.”Mother of 5-year-old Sara
“Naught but six months ago, I was stuck in the trap of my obsessive-compulsive disorder. The disorder had reached its apex, and I was actually reluctant to breathe when I felt I was looking at something that was “contaminated.” I had gotten to a point that I thought was going to consume the rest of my life. My hope had completely dwindled. However, when my parents told me that there was actually a way that I could get out of the rut that I had fallen into, I was extremely excited and was quick to respond. When I found out that this help fell under the name “therapy,” I denied that it could actually help me. To tell the truth, I was afraid of therapy, for I had heard about it and knew that people only went when they had “problems,” which I was scared to admit. However, I was in a way forced to try therapy out and I found that it really helped me get a grip back on my life. Now, I am in a much better state. The cognitive-behavior therapy that I underwent with Dr. Yip really helped me, and I have overcome one of the most difficult obstacles that I will ever come across in my life. If there is one word to describe how I now feel, I think that the word would be relieved. I have lifted an amazingly heavy burden off of my own shoulders using the tools that Dr. Yip introduced to me. I now have a normal relationship with my family, and I look to the future with great hope and curiosity. For this, I am unbelievably grateful.”Dan, 12-year-old
“We would like to express our gratitude for your fine work with our son. You turned our hopelessness into hope and empowered him to take control of his life. The tools you have given us in communication as well as in fighting OCD will be so useful through these “fun” teen years ahead…”Mother of 12-year-old Dan
“OCD is this guy in your head that tells you what to do. He gives you rules and he wants you to follow them. When you listen to him and do what he says, he gets bigger and more powerful. I don’t think you want that to happen. If you don’t follow the rules, you might think that something bad is going to happen, but nothing bad really happens. Don’t listen to the OCD monster. If you can’t resist, do the opposite thing of what he wants you to do. Like if he says to touch your toes, try not to touch your toes. If you can’t resist, then you touch your head or something else. If you do that, the OCD monster will get weaker and smaller. When he is as tiny as an ant, then you’ve beat the OCD monster and you’re able to squash him. It’s fun to be free without OCD. It’s also good to tell people about OCD, because the OCD monster will get weak. Is it OK to not listen to the rules and then listen to them? NO! Just because you made it smaller doesn’t mean you can stop making it smaller. You have to keep on not listening to the rules until the OCD monster is all out of power.”Beverly, 8-year-old
“I am so pleased with how quickly my daughter’s OCD symptoms have gone away. When I first took my eight-year-old daughter to see Dr. Yip less than six months ago, I was extremely anxious. The OCD was impacting my daughter’s schoolwork, and it broke my heart to watch her suffering. All the research I did indicated that behavioral therapy was the only effective way to treat OCD, and I decided to go to an expert in the field rather than risk wasting time with a local psychologist. I was reluctant at first because of the long drive and the greater expense than the local psychologists, but I was quickly convinced that it was worth every penny and every mile driven. Dr. Yip did an assessment, and it turned out that my daughter had many more compulsions than I first realized. We made a list of all of my daughter’s rules, and at each session, Dr. Yip had her breaking a few rules as her homework. Within the first couple of weeks of seeing Dr. Yip, there was a dramatic reduction in the most obvious of her compulsions, which was a huge relief. After that, we saw the compulsions go away a few at a time week by week. Although it was oftentimes hard work for my daughter, she could see that it was freeing her, so she stayed motivated. Dr. Yip always pushed my daughter enough to make progress, but not too much to overwhelm her. I also appreciated that Dr. Yip enjoyed my daughter’s sense of humor, yet did not get sidetracked by her. I even learned some parenting strategies, which has made homework sessions much calmer. Most importantly, my daughter is now free from all of her OCD symptoms, and we are so grateful to Dr. Yip for her expertise.”Mother of 8-year-old Beverly
“…Though I had suffered from OCD since childhood, I had no idea how atrocious this illness could become. Once I entered into your treatment program, I was determined to do what you instructed to overcome OCD. Although I was initially hesitant and lacked confidence, I kept my persistence and continued to look forward to the day when I no longer had to suffer from this disorder. I must admit, the work was exhausting and the exposures were painful, but my diligence paid off as I began to feel some relief in just a few weeks into treatment. I realized the work was a lifetime commitment to a new way of thinking, behaving, and reacting. Now that it’s been almost 2 years since I began your program, I continue to be able to manage my OCD with the tools you taught me. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication. Your passion and commitment for your work helped me gather the strength to overcome OCD. Now my perception of my world have changed, and life is better than I could have ever imagined.”Nancy, 31-year-old
“If you’ve read The Giver, you’ll have a pretty clear understanding of what my life was like before treatment for my OCD: a vision of perfection. Day by day, I used the same rituals to get me through the time I woke up to the time I went to bed. Life was so structured; there was no spontaneity, which means no fun at all. I was upset if something didn’t go just perfectly, and if people were to mess up my perfection, God help them. I was a very intense person these last 4 years. I became afraid of people because I believed that they couldn’t love or understand me, since they were perfect and I was not, which increased my need for perfection in my life. Now that I’ve completed Dr. Yip’s treatment, I’ve learned that nothing is perfect. Life isn’t perfect and neither are the people around us who live their lives at parallel paths to ours. I’m glad I can be my old self; one who loves my imperfect self. I feel comfortable around people, and my daily rituals no longer affect my life. I’ve beaten OCD!”Zander, 15-year-old
“My son has always been a perfectionist. Even as a toddler, Calvin would always have his toys put away and lined up nicely when he was done playing with them. He liked to be clean and wear clean clothes. His projects were always done neatly. And it was especially cute when he would always make sure that his hair was combed perfectly to the style. We always thought Calvin was just a neat kid. It wasn’t until he started kindergarten that his “neatness” slowly became a nightmare that got in the way of everything he did. It would take Calvin at least 90 minutes to get ready in the morning, and we would always be arriving late to school. He would need to keep redoing things until he felt it was perfect. Homework time was especially difficult, because Calvin had to repeatedly erase and redo his work to the point that the paper would tear. Dr Yip’s program was brief and gave Calvin almost immediate relief from having to repeat things over and over again. She helped my son and the rest of the family understand the underlying basis of OCD, and how we as a family can facilitate in Calvin’s treatment. It has now been 2 years since completing Dr Yip’s program, and Calvin is able to continue using and applying the skills learned to overcome OCD. When he is uncertain whether a thought or behavior is OCDish, he knows exactly how to test it to make sure he still has a good handle over it. This skill is invaluable…”Mother of 6-year-old Calvin
“I’ve learned that OCD makes fear a lot bigger than it really is. For example, if I was afraid of spiders, I would think that a spider could kill you the day you are bitten. People think that their fears are really scary, but when you actually do one of your fears, they are not as bad as you thought they were. During the summer I did all of my fears. I got in a car crash, I got on a plane alone with my sister, and I got on a bus and threw up. When it was happening, I wasn’t as scared as before I began treatment with Dr. Yip. I’ve learned that when you think about what “would” happen, you always think something “bad” would happen. But when you do it, it’s not as bad as you thought and everything turns out fine. When you don’t know what is going to happen, your body makes you over-exaggerate and make you say in your mind “what if” something bad happens. Your body makes you think of the worst things that could happen. But they are not as bad as you think. When you think about one of your fears, your body makes you think of consequences worst than what they really are. I’ve also learned that if you are scared about something, you can turn it into excitement and you won’t feel bad anymore. You can control whether it is anxiety or excitement that you feel. Anxiety and excitement are kind of the same things, because you heart pumps faster, your breathing feels heavier, and you feel dizzy. To change anxiety into excitement, you have to get excited about what you’re doing, so you can have energy to do the things you want to do. Anxiety and excitement can be the same and be useful to get you to where you need to go. If you don’t get anxiety or excitement, then you won’t be able to get anything done.”Nelson, 11-year-old