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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder of both brain and behavior. People with OCD experience intrusive thoughts, referred to as obsessions, which trigger high levels of anxiety. They then respond with repetitive acts, known as compulsions, to try to lower the anxiety and escape the obsessions. To be considered OCD, the obsessions and compulsions must be both time consuming and interfere with day to day activities. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects between two and three million adults in the United States.

Butler Hospital’s OCD experts provide treatment in a variety of settings, including in the hospital or partial hospital, outpatient and as neurosurgery. Butler also has a team of researchers who focus on studies of OCD treatments.


OCD Outpatient Clinic

The OCD Outpatient Clinic provides consultation services for adults, including diagnostic evaluations, second-opinion consultations, evidence-based medication treatment, and referrals to a network of cognitive behavioral therapists.

Intensive OCD and Anxiety Outpatient Program

For people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or anxieties who have not found symptom relief through medication and traditional outpatient treatment, the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program provides a new, highly effective treatment opportunity. The program utilizes exposure and response prevention (ERP), a type of psychotherapy proven most effective in treating those with persistent OCD and anxiety.