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OCD Treatment

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. In 2020, 110,594 people were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in Ohio. We solve unmet needs at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus by providing OCD treatment. Our no-cost care assessment allows individuals seeking treatment to meet with a representative to discuss their treatment plan before starting treatment.

What We Treat: OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) refers to a long-term disorder where someone experiences recurring uncontrollable thoughts known as obsessions. They may also participate in repetitive behaviors known as compulsions. This disorder results in the people who have it to experience significant interference in their daily lives. However, remember that with proper treatment, symptoms will improve.


OCD is different from OCPD (obsessive-compulsive personality disorder). When it comes to OCPD, a personality disorder, the person might experience preoccupation with organization, control, and perfectionism. They have beliefs and specific ways of doing tasks that do not allow flexibility. On the other hand, OCD is an anxiety disorder that has unwanted thoughts that cause someone to perform repetitive behaviors. You will need a thorough assessment by a medical professional to determine the best care plan for your needs.

How We Treat OCD at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

The treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications such as antidepressants. At SUN Behavioral Health Columbus, our mental health services offer OCD treatment at the inpatient and outpatient levels.

Inpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

Our inpatient treatment provides mental health crisis stabilization for children, adolescents, and adults. The typical stay for an inpatient treatment at our facility is 7-14 days.

Outpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is the highest level of mental health outpatient and runs from 9 AM until 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. PHP is available for both adolescents and adults. Our daytime intensive outpatient (IOP) is available 3 hours a day Monday through Friday. Both adolescents and adults can participate in our IOP. We also offer an evening IOP for adults that runs for 3 hours a day, 3 evenings a week. Topics during our outpatient programming include processing groups, goals groups, coping skills, stress, time management, and rec therapy. 

OCD Causes

A combination of genetics, environment, and past traumas may cause OCD.

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OCD Symptoms

Obsessions and compulsions make up OCD. Symptoms of obsessions are repeated urges or thoughts that create anxiety and may include:
  • Fear of germs
  • Aggressive thoughts toward yourself
  • Needing things to line up in a particular way
  • Fear of misplacing something
Compulsions, on the other hand, are behaviors that people with OCD feel they need to do to reduce anxiety or stop obsessions. These behaviors may include:
  • Repeatedly checking on things like the oven or door’s lock
  • Compulsively counting
  • Arranging things in a particular way
  • Excessive cleaning

Diagnosing OCD

A healthcare provider can diagnose someone with OCD. They will perform a physical exam and an OCD test, or they may refer you to another physician or mental health specialist for further assessment. While not everyone with compulsions or obsessions has OCD, a medical professional will diagnose you with OCD based on the following conditions:
  • Not being able to control thoughts and behaviors
  • Spending at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts and behaviors
  • Not receiving pleasure from completing these behaviors, or relief is brief
  • These thoughts and behaviors have impacted your daily life


OCD Risk Factors

The most common risk factors for someone to develop OCD are family history, childhood trauma, and brain functioning.


FAQs About Treating OCD

Can I treat OCD myself?

OCD can be challenging to overcome without professional help, especially in more severe forms. You can receive the resources that will best help you manage your symptoms by getting a proper diagnosis and developing a treatment plan with a mental health professional.

What is the best treatment for OCD?

The best treatment for OCD depends on your needs, goals, medical history, and more. This is why a thorough diagnosis and assessment are paramount.. Many people find recovery with a combination of medications and therapy, while others only need therapy. Some others may even be on a treatment plan already and need medications, strategies, or therapies adjusted.

What causes OCD to flare up?

Many things can result in OCD symptoms worsening. These may include stress, hormones, or pressures to do well.

Treat Yourself to Recovery!

The capable team at SUN Columbus has been serving our community for years. Reach out to begin your journey to recovery.


SUN Behavioral Columbus

900 E Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, OH, 43229

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