The mission of Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc. is to properly train clinicians to be effective in treating OCD, to improve OCD treatment through rigorous research, to eliminate the stigma attached to OCD through media appearances, and to disseminate knowledge of OCD through public education.
What is OCD?Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
(OCD) is described by obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive
behaviors that significantly interfere with normal life.
Obsessions are unwanted, recurrent, and disturbing thoughts
that a person cannot suppress and that can cause overwhelming
anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive, ritualized behaviors
that a person feels driven to perform to reduce the anxiety
caused by the obsessions. The obsessive and compulsive
rituals can occupy many hours of each day and seriously
interfere with daily life.
What Do We Do? Using proven scientific
methods, we diagnose and treat the most serious cases of
obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders at our clinic in Los Angeles.
Treatment includes use of Dr. Edna Foa's Prolonged Exposure
and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), medication (as
needed), hospitalization at UCLA for treatment refractory
cases, group therapy, relapse prevention, and so much more.
Do I Have OCD? Read our checklist of
common symptoms to find out if you have OCD, or call for
an appointment. You too can be successfully treated.
Imagine yourself... finally free from unwanted obsessions
and embarrassing compulsions. Not sure if you are ready for
treatment? Read the feedback from our former patients.
About Dr. Eda Gorbis. Dr. Gorbis is the
director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders
and has developed an Intensive OCD Program. She has been
featured in the media numerous times for her expertise.
She has been on MTV, ABC News: 20/20 in a segment called
"Tormented by Thoughts," the Discovery Channel, and many
Announcements & Upcoming Events
The Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders is introducing a new program to help treat sexual aggression and addiction. A multidisciplinary team of experts, including a psychiatrist, psychologist and endocrinologist collaborate to address distressing symptoms of hyper impulsivity, addiction and aggression. Testing protocols and evidence-backed treatment methodology are utilized to ensure progress and to provide successful treatment.