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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.

Adult Intensive Treatment Unit

We offer inpatient services for adults aged 18 years or older who need a high level of psychiatric care for symptoms associated with major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. We also address issues related to substance use that are often diagnosed with psychotic and mood disorders. During the intensive five- to 10-day hospital stay, a patient’s symptoms and medications are stabilized. Therapies to help manage chronic conditions on a daily basis are also introduced.

Adult General Treatment Units

Butler Hospital offers three adult inpatient units to meet the variety of acuity levels and symptoms of patients. Each offers a full range of treatment programs to stabilization the symptoms and to establish a foundation for ongoing treatment. With the supervision of a psychiatrist and working in group therapy sessions over a five to ten day stay, patients learn there is hope.

Adolescent Treatment Unit

An inpatient unit specifically for teens age 13 to 17 years the clinical team supports the child’s entire family or guardians to address the symptoms of mental illness including depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Our treatment team works with the teenager and his/her support system to determine the next best level of care after participating in the five to ten day intensive treatment program.

Senior Inpatient Treatment Unit

Offering inpatient services for adults age 65 and older, the geriatric unit is led by a specialized treatment team that is trained in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders as well as depression, anxiety and any mood or psychotic disorders that may cause behavioral difficulties. The team works to stabilize each patient for return home or to an assisted living campus with a transition of care plan.

Integrated Therapies Program

This partial hospital program provides evidence-based treatment centered on existential and interpersonal therapy. The program provides a combination of treatment and therapies designed to work best for each individual person. Running weekdays, patients work closely with a personal therapist, meet with the supervising psychiatrist as needed and participate in several group sessions each day.

Women's Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

This program treats women who are chronically suicidal and who may have borderline personality disorder. The day program combines individual therapy and group skills training to address the behavioral, emotional and cognitive patterns that underlie their recurring difficulties. Attending daily for up to almost three weeks, patients receive intense therapy for a concentrated period of time to develop self-awareness and interpersonal skills that allow women to more fully participate in their lives.

Young Adult Program

A partial hospital program designed to meet the specific needs of people age 18 to 26 years, the unique environment empowers young adults to learn how to gain control of their illness and strive to achieve their personal goals. Applying a mix of therapy types, each day the clinical team plans the exercises and discussions to meet the needs of the group participating in the treatment program.

Cognitive Behavior Partial Hospital Therapy Program

A day program to help people develop the skills to manage various psychiatric conditions, this program uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), a form of talk therapy that is based on the philosophy that the way we think affects the way we feel and the way we act. Running Monday through Friday from at 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the program allows patients to return home each afternoon.