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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. In 2020, 37,282 people were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in Kentucky. We solve unmet needs at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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

Inpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

Our inpatient treatment is available for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, and people typically stay for 7-14 days. 

Outpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

We offer partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) services. Our groups include topics focusing on dual diagnosis, mental health, and specialty trauma. Our PHP runs from 9 to 2:30 Monday through Friday for teens and adults. Art and recreational therapy is available 3 days a week.

IOP for teens occurs from 9 to 2:30 Monday through Friday, while it occurs from 9 to 12 Monday through Friday for adults. We also offer an evening IOP group for adults working during the day. This group meets from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 3 days a week.

OCD Causes

A combination of genetics, environment, and brain chemistry may cause OCD. 

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
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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 if the oven is off or the door is locked
  • Compulsively counting
  • Arranging things in a particular way
  • Excessive cleaning

Diagnosing OCD

Only 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
  • You spend 1 hour a day on these thoughts and behaviors
  • You don’t receive pleasure from completing these behaviors, or relief is brief
  • These thoughts and behaviors have impacted your daily life
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OCD Risk Factors

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 causes OCD to flare up?

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

Kentucky OCD Treatment

SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky solves unmet needs in Erlanger, KY. Co-occurring disorders can sometimes occur alongside OCD, and we can treat them together, which can help make it easier to manage OCD symptoms in the future. For more information, do not hesitate to call 859-429-5188.


SUN Behavioral Kentucky

820 Dolwick Drive
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

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